AMAZING JOCK: Herb Kent, radio's 'Cool Gent,' still tops at 80

by Mr. Kev - Posted Wednesday, February 4th, 2009. Category: Urban/M - Urban/AC

 width=I NEVER knew what they meant when they said once radio is in your blood you can never stop. Sh…, I stopped being on the air 9 years ago and I have NEVER missed it. I like it from this end MUCH, MUCH better. But I have to give credit to someone who have been doing it for 60 years… GOOD LAWD…

He’s known as Cool Gent, Mayor of Bronzeville and King of the Dusties, nicknames picked up during a remarkable 60-year radio career in Chicago.

And at age 80, Herb Kent holds another title: ratings king, as host of the top-rated radio broadcast every Sunday afternoon on WVAZ-FM 102.7.

Known for his love of Cadillacs and cowboy hats, Kent exudes a youthful charm as he shares stories of the artists he features on the urban adult station. In many cases they are friends.

Since his first radio job in 1949, Kent has shared the airwaves with luminaries ranging from the Supremes to a then-obscure state Sen. Barack Obama.

Kent twice squared off against Obama on the “Battle of the Best,” a staple of Kent’s seven-hour Sunday broadcasts. Obama both times charmed his way to land slide wins as the two lobbied for votes for dueling R&B artists.

Herb Kent, radio’s ‘Cool Gent,’ still tops at 80 — chicagotribune.com.

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