It's a sad day for Chicago and the radio industry, the "King of the Dusties" Herb Kent has passed away. According to reports, the radio legend died on Saturday evening at the age of 88.
Herb Kent passed away on Saturday evening. No words can express our great sense of loss. Herb was an iconic talent, who for nearly 70 years entertained millions of listeners in Chicagoland and around the world. His passion for radio and work ethic was second-to-none as Herb worked to the very end, by hosting what unexpectedly was his final V103 broadcast on Saturday morning.
Herb leaves a legacy of thousands of entertainers he helped boost, community causes he impacted, and as a former instructor at Chicago State University, sharing his encyclopedic knowledge with hundreds of students.
We are so thankful for the privilege of working alongside such an historic figure as Herb Kent for the past 27 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Herb's family, friends, and loved ones.
- Matt Scarano, Region President iHeartMedia Chicago
Herb was our radio superhero. 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. Herb will hold an eternal place in our hearts.
- Derrick Brown, Director of Urban Programming iHeartMedia Chicago
Right now, it has been no words from Herb Kent's family but Memorial arrangements are pending. Our prayers and condolences go out to the family at this time.