Chicago radio icon Herb Kent ‘The Cool Gent’ dies at 88

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CHICAGO --Chicago radio legend Herb Kent passed away Saturday night after nearly 70 years on the air, iHeartMedia confirmed Sunday.

Known fondly as "The Cool Gent" and "The King of the Dusties," Kent was born and raised in Chicago. His long career included time behind the mic as an on-air personality on WVON 1690AM, Chicago’s first all-African-American radio station, and at WVAZ's V103 for the past 27 years. He was also active in the Civil Rights movement in the 1960's.

Kent passed away after spending the day doing what he did best: hosting what would become his final broadcast on V103 Saturday morning.

In a statement, Matt Scarano,  Region President at iHeartMedia Chicago said:

 No words can express our great sense of loss. 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. Herb leaves a legacy of thousands of entertainers he helped boost, community causes he impacted, and as a former instructor at Chicago State University, sharing his encyclopedic knowledge with hundreds of students.

Here's a classic video of Kent teaching WGN how to step:




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