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Black Radio Pioneer Hal Jackson, Dead at 96

Pioneering African-American radio personality Hal Jackson — a fixture on New York’s airwaves for decades — has died, according to a statement posted on the WBLS website. Jackson was 96.

In his seven-decade career in radio, Jackson accomplished many firsts: He was the first African-American radio announcer on network radio, the first black host of a jazz show on the ABC network and the first black play-by-play radio sports announcer.

He co-founded Inner City Broadcasting Corp., the first African-American-owned and -operated radio station in New York, which acquired WBLS and turned it into one of the most influential outlets in the metropolitan area in the 1970s.

Source: NY Newsday

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