(CBS) — Listeners from across the Chicago area paid tribute Saturday to legendary disc jockey Herb Kent, who died a week ago at the age of 88.
WBBM’s Bob Roberts was at the House of Hope in the Pullman neighborhood.READ MORE: Jussie Smollett Trial: Defense Attorney Calls For Mistrial And Accuses Judge Of Lunging At Her; Judge Denies Claims And Motion
Some remembered Herb Kent the entertainer – flirtatious, self-deprecating, able to put anyone at ease as he spun his “Dusties.”
Brother Harold Hill also remembered him as a peacemaker whose broadcast pleas helped halt the 1968 West Side riots.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Disturbance Brings Chance Of Rain-Snow Mix To Our North Overnight
“It was Herb Kent that called guys like myself to stop the riots, stop the looting because we’re destroying your own neighborhood. We have to stop it. And we heard that, and we stopped it,” Hill says.
So many people came to pay tribute that the service was delayed.
It included messages from the president and governor, and a proclamation from the mayor.MORE NEWS: View Live Radar