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Radio pioneer Hal Jackson passed away at age 96  on May 23, 2012. The cause of death right has been unannounced. Before dominating radio stations, he once had to sneak in the back door to be heard. He hosted sports, music, talk, and live shows. Even while being ill, he still remained on air at WBLS in New York airing his “Sunday Classics” until a few weeks ago. He broke many color barriers for African Americans in radio broadcasting.

Jackson was raised in Washington, DC and he attended Howard University. He broadcasted many of Howard’s baseball games and local Negro league baseball games also. He moved to New York afterwards and became the first African American radio personality to host three daily shows on three different stations in New York.

Jackson founded and  was involved in many charitable events. He will truly be missed!

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