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WVAZ-FM & Herb Kent To Present 'Don Cornelius Day' Sunday

WVAZ-FM/V103 and Herb Kent will have a special presentation on the air this Sunday, calling it "Don Cornelius Day." During Herb Kent's regular Sunday shift of Noon-7:00pm, instead of just playing old favorite music, the show will be focused on an old favorite legendary talent: the late Don Cornelius. For seven hours, the station will be celebrating the life and legacy of legendary, trailblazing broadcaster.

While Sunday afternoon's show will be a celebration, the reason behind this celebration is a sad one. Yesterday morning, the country was shaken by the shocking news of the death of Don Cornelius, the former Chicago radio/TV personality and creator/producer/host of the iconic "Soul Train" television show. Cornelius, a native of Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood, and who started his incredible media career and "Soul Train" show here locally, was only 75 at the time of his death.

Throughout Herb Kent's seven hour show, very special guests will join him in talking about the greatness of Chicago's Don Cornelius. Among those scheduled to participate are former WBEE-AM/WCIU-TV/WGN-TV legend Merri Dee, former WVON-AM great Bill "Butterball" Crane, WBEZ-FM's Richard Steele, singer/Cook County Commissioner Jerry "The Iceman" Butler, and singer Gene "The Duke Of Earl" Chandler. Of course, Herb Kent, a radio legend himself, former co-worker of Cornelius' at WVON-AM, and life long friend of his, will be sharing his many memories throughout the day. Additionally, fans will be welcomed to call into the WVAZ-FM studios on Sunday afternoon to share their reflections of Don Cornelius.

Derrick Brown, Clear Channel Chicago's Director of Urban Programming, said in a statement late today: "Don Cornelius was a true visionary. He took "Soul Train," a local concept and made it a worldwide phenomenon. He deserves our gratitude and respect."

Herb Kent pointed out: "Without Don Cornelius and the "Soul Train" show, music wouldn't be what it is today. He gave R&B music a giant boost."

The Sunday afternoon radio salute will be able to be heard over the air on 102.7 FM in Chicago, as well as worldwide via the V103 website and Clear Channel's iHeartRadio app.

Herb Kent and Don Cornelius
V103 studios - September 2011
Photo credit: Ken Bedford

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