Herb Kent's 65-year Radio Career a World Record

Dec. 5 proclaimed "Herb Kent Day" in Illinois

By Susan Ball
|  Thursday, Dec 3, 2009  |  Updated 12:54 PM CDT
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Herb Kent's tell-all memoir, "The Cool Gent" will be released in February.

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Which would you rather have: a Guinness World Record or an entire day dedicated to you?

On Dec. 5, Chicago radio legend Herb Kent gets both.

In recognition of his 65 years on air, Guinness will award the legendary "Cool Gent" with the title of world-record holder for having the longest career by a disc jockey in radio history. 

Kent's broadcasting career began in 1944 at age 16 and has spanned 11 different radio stations.  He said in his autobiography that even as a straight-A student at Northwestern University his professor told him he would never make it in radio because he was black.

Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois general assembly are also getting in on the action -- declaring this Saturday as "Herb Kent Day" in Illinois.  

Before the Real Men Cook Charities' 3rd Annual Holiday Roast & Toast, co-hosts Quinn and Mayor Daley will honor Kent with the Guinness award as well as official jerseys from the Chicago Bears and Bulls.

The event, held at the Historic South Shore Cultural Center, begins at  5:30 p.m. with a VIP reception.

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