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Herb Kent

Born: 1929 in Chicago, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Kent is a native Chicagoan.

Biography: Kent is an urban radio pioneer. To many Chicagoans, Kent, known as 'The Cool Gent', the “King of the Dusties,” and the “Honorary Mayor of Bronzeville,”. He has informed and entertained radio listeners over the last 70+ years on his long running weekly radio show.Today, Kent hosts two highly rated shows on WVAZ-FM. In 1995, Kent was inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting’s Radio Hall of Fame. During his radio career, Kent worked at stations such as WVON, WJJD, and more, interviewing many of today’s music legends, including Duke Ellington, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Dianna Ross, and Marvin Gaye. In 2009, the Guinness World Records certified Herb Kent as the longest tenured deejay, having at that time spent 66 years on the airwaves in Chicago. He ventured into local television in the late 1990s as host of a popular dance show, ''Steppin at Club Seven'', later to be renamed ''The New Dance Club''. Kent is a contributing writer for ''N’DIGO'' magazine. His autobiography is the ''The Cool Gent''.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Herb Kent on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

The cool gent :
ISBN: 9781569762523 OCLC: 367620184

Lawrence Hill Books, Chicago, Ill. : ©2009.

Known as the Cool Gent, King of the Dusties, and the Mayor of Bronzeville, Herb Kent is one of radio's most illustrious and legendary stars. This autobiography details both the high and low points of Kent's life - including his poverty-stricken childhood in the Chicago housing projects and his straight-years at Northwestern University.