The Cool Gent: The Nine Lives of Radio Legend Herb Kent

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Chicago Review Press, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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 fascinating 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-A years at Northwestern University--while providing a vivid picture of African American music, culture, and personalities from the second half of the 20th century to today. Despite not being a musician himself, Kent lived a typical rock 'n' roll lifestyle full of drugs, alcohol, all-night partying, and women, eventually hitting rock bottom where he finally faced his personal demons. Throughout the years, Kent has sustained his debonair, classy persona, and uncanny knack for picking timeless tunes.

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I never heard of it.........yet he is known in California......I think?

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Herb Kent has been inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest career as a radio
about how things were in radio broadcasting...which may help you to understand why things now are the way there are. The path some had to take to get into radio. What radio personalities had to, and do, go through for our profession... 


2 Developing an OnAir Style
3 The Black Giant
4 Theater of the Mind on Radio
5 Tales from the Cool School
6 About Fame and Celebrity
7 Hitting Rock Bottom
8 Redemption
9 Back to the Future
10 Looking Back on a Long Road

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Herb Kent is an urban radio pioneer and legendary DJ who first went on the air in 1944 and still broadcasts today. He was the first African American to be inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting Radio Hall of Fame. He teaches broadcasting at Chicago State University. He lives in Chicago. David Smallwood is a journalist and the coauthor of Profiles of Great African Americans. He is a founder of, contributor to, and former editor of N'Digo, a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and a former reporter and editor for the Chicago Sun-Times and Jet Magazine. He lives in Park Forest, Illinois. Mayor Richard M. Daley has been the mayor of Chicago since 1989.