Monday, October 24, 2016

Herb Kent, legendary Colored Chicago radio personality, dies at 88 - Chill with the Herb.... and smoke some too.....


Chicago radio legend Herb Kent, the longest-running DJ in the history of radio and a fixture on local airwaves for more than 70 years, died Saturday. He was 88.

Kent's death was announced Sunday by executives at V103, where Kent worked for the past three decades. Also known as "The Cool Gent," "King of the Dusties" and the "Mayor of Bronzeville," Kent did his final radio broadcast Saturday morning.

"No words can express our great sense of loss," Matt Scarano, region president of iHeartMedia Chicago, said in a statement. "Herb was an iconic talent, who for nearly 70 years entertained millions of listeners in Chicagoland and around the world. His passion for radio and work ethic was second to none as Herb worked to the very end, by hosting what unexpectedly was his final V103 broadcast on Saturday morning.

"We are so thankful for the privilege of working alongside such an historic figure as Herb Kent for the past 27 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Herb's family, friends and loved ones."

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25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Those were the days, being the only white listening to Herb Kent in a racially changing hood with a chick.

Anonymous said...

Rip. Cool guy class act unlike most black media nowadays.

Anonymous said...

You could smell his stanky breff through the radio.

Anonymous said...

Never heard of this old Darkie.

Anonymous said...

"Herb Kent we're sorry you passed and went"..... But we know that everyone has to go when their time is right or my names not Kid..(CLAP) AH DY-NO-MITE "!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Fuck him !

Anonymous said...

Ah, those days of shaving my balls in the dark while his velvet tones filled my bedroom.

Anonymous said...

I used to turn off the radio in my squad and drive around listening to him on my transistor radio and smoking doobies.

God said...

Boot to the head!

Anonymous said...

Just one more daid nigger who give a shit !

Anonymous said...

Wow !!! What a great story !! Tell us more about the olden times when you listened to the Inkspots and drove Becky Sue to church socials in your Hudson Terraplane , Granpa !!
You really have painted a picture in words and shit .

Anonymous said...

You could smell his stanky breff through the radio.

And his unwashed penis.

Johnny the Janitor said...

Nothing to see here folks. Move along please.

Anonymous said...

Herb Kent the Cool Gent was always VERY respectful whenever I ran into him OTJ.I'm a white guy and listened to him in the 60's, instead of the inanity of the jocks on wls and wcfl.
RIP Herb

Anonymous said...

Herb Kent the Cool Gent..soulful sounds..Miraceles,Temptations,Billy Stewart,and Jackie Wilson.R.I.P.Herb.

The King of All Crackers said...

Herb was the best as played good music and had one of the best radio voices of all time and a great sense of humor. He actually played white music Bee Gees, Rolling Stones, Elvin Bishop, Christopher Cross, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie and others in his mix. I met him once twenty years ago and was a classy and really nice guy. We talked music for ten minutes. Play some dusties for the steppers at the Fifty Yard Line in heaven. RIP my friend. A true Chicago original for the ages.

Anonymous said...

I'll be sure to poor a little Rich and Rare on your plot.

Anonymous said...

I use to run into him at Smokey Joe's in the Maxwell Street area, one cool mutha fucker....you talkn' bout shaft. WGCI double dot that brown eye.

Anonymous said...

My hatred makes this article a fart in a windstorm

Anonymous said...

Yeah, same thing happened to me. I cherish those days. Then I got drafted to Nam and we wrote for two years promising ourselves to each other. Finally I got home and we made love. I must admit I never pictured her virgin vagina to look like a week old roast beef sandwich but I guess that's what god gave her. I feel so guilty sometimes when her cold sores flare up, she says it's probably from that stuff they were spraying in the jungle. Well we had a beautiful son seven months later who now excels at sports although doesn't care much for schoolwork unfortunately. I am getting tired of working midnights after twenty two years but she insists and I do get more housework done during the day. I just wish I had my sons complexion when I'm doing yard work in the summer, I burn easily.

Anonymous said...

Who? Who cares!

Anonymous said...

WHO?

Anonymous said...

You're 70 years old and you had a kid in 1973 at the latest who is good at schoolwork.

Anonymous said...

I ran into him once at a Cubs game. He cupped my balls very respectfully and called me Li'l Pardner.

Anonymous said...

Son?