CHICAGO, IL – Funeral arrangements have been made for legendary Chicago radio DJ Herb “The Cool Gent” Kent, who has been broadcasting and jamming on your radio for 70-years.
The 88 year-old died Saturday evening after what was his final broadcast Saturday morning on V103.
Fans, friends and family will be able to have one more final broadcast with Kent as he will be laid to rest this week. Kent’s viewing is from 2p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Robey Park Manor Funeral Home, 2510 Chicago Rd., Chicago Heights. His wake is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday until 10 a.m. following by the homegoing service at the 10,000-seat House of Hope, 752 E. 114th St., Chicago. The House of Hope is home to HBCU Campaign Fund’s President and Founder Demetrius Johnson Jr., where he serves as a usher.
Kent was a former instructor at Chicago State University.
In 1995, Kent was inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting’s Radio Hall of Fame and he also has a street named in his honor, “Herb Kent Drive,” in city’s Bronzeville neighborhood. Back in February, he also was honored as a recipient of Chicago Defender Men of Excellence.
“Herb Kent is a TRUE historic legend to the music industry, disc jockey, and Chicago. This is definitely a tremendous loss for us and the radio will not be the same without Herb Kent on the air jamming the mixed as he did for 27 years of his career. The HBCU Campaign Fund organization is saddened to hear about the death of Kent and we extend our deepest condolences, thoughts, and prayers to his family and friends.” said Demetrius Johnson Jr., President and Founder of HBCU Campaign Fund.