R.I.P. Hal Jackson

Hal Jackson who is considered to be the Godfather of Black radio passed today. His career started in the ’30’s and he achieved many firsts for African-Americans in the field of broadcasting. He is the first African-American sports announcer and host of The Bronze Review that aired on WINX in Washington. Jackson co-founded the Inner City Broadcasting Company with Percy Sutton in 1971 and the company acquired WLIB making them the first Black owners of a radio station in New York City. Hal Jackson’s Talented Teens International was also started that year. Jackson’s autobiography, The House That Jack Built: My Life As a Trailblazer in Broadcasting and Entertainment was published in 2001. The nonagenerian was still hosting a radio show up until two weeks prior to his death.