1969: Charles W. Cherry, Sr., a Bethune-Cookman College professor, entrepreneur, civil rights activist and later state president of the Florida Conference of State NAACP Branches, launches Daytona Beach’s Westside Rapper, a Black weekly newspaper serving Daytona Beach, Florida’s African-American community.
August 1978: The Westside Rapper is succeeded by the Daytona Times, the Black weekly newspaper voice of East Central Florida, now in its 33rd year of publication and read by more than 15,000 readers weekly.
March 1989: Cherry, Sr. establishes the Florida Courier, targeting African-Americans living on Florida’s Treasure Coast, including the Fort Pierce and Vero Beach areas. Cherry, Sr. and sons Charles W. Cherry II and Dr. Glenn W. Cherry purchase WPUL-AM 1590, a Daytona Beach-area radio station, which is operated in conjunction with the Daytona Times.
December 2001: The Cherry family media business expands to become Tama Broadcasting, Inc., Florida’s largest privately owned African-American media group, with a total of eight FM stations and three AM stations located among the Tampa, FL, Jacksonville, FL, Daytona Beach, FL, Savannah, GA, and Greenville, SC radio markets.
November 2004: Charles W. Cherry, Sr. dies. Family matriarch Julia T. Cherry and the remaining family members decide to maintain and eventually expand the family’s media presence.
March 2006: The Florida Courier launches as Florida’s first African-American owned and operated statewide weekly newspaper.
2013: The Daytona Times celebrates its 35th year of consecutive weekly publication.