The first black radio announcer and legendary DJ Hal Jackson has died at the age of 96, and decades of being an important on-air voice (Mayor Bloomberg has called him "a legend.") Until recently he was still running his Sunday Classics show on WBLS for three hours each week—you can listen in on some of those below.

Jackson started out as a radio sports announcer in Washington D.C., where he eventually also got in to playing music and interviewing people on-air. In 1954 he moved to New York City, and soon became the first radio personality to broadcast three daily shows on three different New York stations. By 1971 he co-founded the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation (ICBC) with former Manhattan borough president Percy Sutton, and at that time they acquired WLIB/WBLS, where Jackson broadcasted from for the rest of his life.

In 1990 he was the first minority inducted into the National Association of Broadcaster's Hall of Fame, and five years later the National Radio Hall of Fame. According to NY1, "those who knew Jackson said he helped to give blacks a voice during the civil rights movement, and he helped black artists to get radio play they wouldn't have gotten otherwise, helping many to succeed."