The iconic radio personality was known as “The Cool Gent,” “King of the Dusties” and the “Mayor of Bronzeville.” Kent's death was announced Sunday by executives at V103, where Kent worked for the past three decades.
Also known as "The Cool Gent," "King of the Dusties" and the "Mayor of Bronzeville," Kent did his final radio broadcast Saturday morning.
Kent noted in his memoir that he arrived the same year as poet Maya Angelou, singer Fats Domino, actors Adam West and Shirley Temple, as well as Mickey Mouse, Rice Krispies, Louisiana Hot Sauce and penicillin.
"So in the confusion and everything, I think the talk radio thing was born here at WVON," Kent said.
"While I'm incredibly sad, I hold so much joy remembering the fun times we've had with him and the smiles he brought to our faces.