- 7 months ago
Playing tracks by
Mary Wells, The Contours, The Mar Keys, Bobby Day, The Jive Five and more.
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In 1963 WHFC radio was purchased by Leonard & Phil Chess, the owners of Chess Records, which specialized in blues and soul music and the station's call-letters were changed to WVON ("The Voice Of A Nation").
Between 1963 and 1969, when WVON was sold following Leonard Chess' death, WVON was a popular R&B & soul music station featuring Black air personalities like Herb Kent "The Cool Gent" and many others. WVON also became well-known outside Chicago with other stations across the USA taking inspiration from WVON's soul music format. Today WVON's format is talk.
DJ Herbert Kent died in 2016 aged 88. He was one of the longest-running broadcasters in the history of radio with more than 70 years on the airwaves: