Hal Jackson was born on November 3, 1915. He grew up in Washington,
D.C. and attended Howard University. Jackson began his broadcasting
career by becoming the first African-American radio sports announcer,
broadcasting Howards home baseball games and local American
Negro Baseball League games over WOOK/Washington.
In 1939, Jackson broke the color line at WINX/Washington by hosting
The Bronze Review, a nightly interview program. Before long,
Hal had agreed to host called The House That Jack Built,
a program of jazz and blues on WOOK. At one point in the 1940s,
Jackson was hosting four different daily programs for four different
Jackson moved to New York in 1954 and became the first radio personality
to broadcast three daily shows on three different New York stations.
Four million listeners tuned in nightly to hear Jacksons mix
of music and conversations with jazz and show business celebrities.
In 1971 Jackson was part of a group that acquired WLIB-AM, the
first African-American owned and operated station in New York. Today,
Jackson serves on the Board of Directors at Inner City Broadcasting
and hosts Sunday Classics, an eclectic musical program.
Hal Jackson was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.
Hal Jackson passed away on May 23rd, 2012.
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