(CBS) – The fond memories about Herb Kent continued to pour out Monday.
The popular DJ passed away Saturday at the age of 88, just hours after his weekend “Dusties” show.READ MORE: First Illinois Case Of Omicron COVID-19 Variant Confirmed In Chicago Resident
On Monday, callers to V103 remembered the personality known as “The Cool Gent,” CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.
“I heard his last broadcast,” one listener said. “It’s a real testament to his craft that he basically passed away with a mic in his hand.”
Mr. Kent first picked up the mic in 1949.READ MORE: SWAT Team Takes 35-Year-Old Man Into Custody After Threatening Girlfriend With Gun
Richard Steele worked at V103 with Kent back in the 1980s. He attributes Kent’s longevity to his passion for his craft and his genuine love for people.
“He was never standoffish and people never felt like they couldn’t talk to him,” Steele says.
And in Kent’s own words, the secret to his success was this: “staying abreast of what’s going on.”MORE NEWS: Jussie Smollett Trial: Closing Arguments Begin Wednesday
And he stayed on top for 67 years.