Herb Kent has many aliases: "The Cool Gent," "Herbie Baby," "King of the Dusties," "Mayor of Bronzeville." And after nearly 70 years in the business, he's now the world's longest serving radio DJ. But on Friday, he came back to where it all began: WBEZ.
Forty years ago, the hippest trip in America left the station.Soul Train — the little Chicago engine that could – went on to become the longest-running, nationally-syndicated show on television. Before longtime conductor and host Don Cornelius was moving to the
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel packed a lot into his plans for his first 100 days in office but one issue was not addressed in his transition report: homelessness. The grand challenges persist, though—the year's state budget cut funding for emergency and transitional housing by about half.
Violence is deeply rooted in Chicago’s history. Racial tensions contributed to that sad truth for years but in 1960s, it was a truth many young people could no longer swallow. They confronted hate with, of all things, non-violent demonstrations.