- Published on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 09:45
The legendary Herb Kent, who had been working in radio since 1944 and never retired, passed away
last month 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, 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 by Greg Barman. The aircheck features Kent working a Sunday afternoon shift on WVON-AM from 36 years ago this very date -- November 30, 1980. (Running time: 5:23)