We talked with Herb about the new release of his biography, 'The Cool Gent: The Nine Lives of Radio Legend Herb Kent,' and the more than 60 years he given to broadcasting.
Herb Kent is an urban radio pioneer. He is a voice of the community, a father, a friend, and a living history lesson.To many Chicagoans, Herbert Rogers Kent, the Cool Gent, The King of the Dusties and The Honorary Mayor of Bronzeville stands for all these things and more. As one of the most important figures in Chicago radio history, Herb Kent has not only been able to entertain and inform listeners on his weekly radio show, he has also opened up many doors for African Americans. Simply put, Herb Kent is a Chicago treasure and a bankable commodity.