- Published on Tuesday, 28 February 2017 12:00
There is no way to let Black History Month end without a salute to one of the all-time greatest radio DJs (African-American or otherwise), Mr. Herb Kent.
The legendary Kent, who had been working in radio since 1944 and never retired, passed away last year at the age of 88. Kent has been known by a few nicknames, including The Cool Gent, The King of the Dusties, and The Honorary Mayor of Bronzeville. Most of all he is known for being one of the longest-lasting and most important figures in Chicago radio history, as well as one the most influential and respected voices to ever be heard on American radio. Spanning a career of over seven decades, Kent has worked at such Chicago area stations as WVON-AM (where he was one of the station's famous "Good Guys"), WJJD-AM, WBEZ-FM, WXFM-FM, WGCI-FM, WMAQ-AM, WGES-AM, WBEE-AM, WHFC-AM, WJOB-AM, WGRY-AM, and of course, WVAZ-FM, where he had been since 1988.
The following audio clip is an aircheck of Kent's recorded off the airwaves. The aircheck features Kent working a Monday night shift on WXFM-FM (now WCFS-FM) from July 13, 1981. It also showcases Kent's wide-ranging musical tastes, as he played both 1980s new wave/punk/electronic music, along with R&B and dance hits. (Running time: 19:59)