Yes, this is the same Dorothy Brunson who in 1979 bought WEBB radio station in “the Junction” of West Baltimore, preserving the story of James Brown – its first Black owner – Rocking Robin and many others whose voices resounded shift after shift, hailing the sounds of Motown and other budding labels.

Even with her death on July 31, she retains her place in business history with her many “firsts.”

The AFRO recently acknowledged Brunson as one of its Legends because she was the first African-American woman to own a radio station and her Brunson Communications expanded to eventually include more radio stations and the ownership of a fully operating television station.

“Thanks to the pioneering work of Ms. Brunson, the world of broadcast media was opened up to African American entrepreneurs,” Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement.

“Her vision and commitment to excellence at every level of the business led to her success and paved the way for others.”

Brunson told the AFRO she was most proud of WGTW TV48 in Philadelphia because it helped hundreds of minorities “get into all aspects of the broadcasting business – from cameramen to editors to on-screen talent.” And that she “opened the eyes of the general market to the fact that Blacks and women can compete and run an efficient station and be profitable.”

“I like to laugh often and take life as it comes. I never get depressed. I never get bugged out. I never have problems with people, but they have problems with me — or more probably with themselves. I have a great sense of humanity and it’s kept me in balance. And I have great faith in God,” she told the Baltimore City Paper in a 2003 interview. “I don’t think I’ll retire in the traditional sense, because I’m very interested in the future of the Internet and the potential of the satellite and direct television markets. From where I’m sitting, the next three to five years look very, very exciting.”

Mostly exciting because of Brunson’s legacy still reminds everyone that because something hasn’t been done is no excuse to shy away from it.

Services for Dorothy Brunson will begin with the viewing, 10 a.m., Aug. 6, followed at 11 a.m. by the home-going celebration at Pennsylvania Avenue AME Zion Church, 1128 Pennsylvania Ave.