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Radio Pioneer Hal Jackson Dies at 96

Hal Jackson, who paved the way for African-Americans in the world of radio broadcasting, died Wednesday after a long illness at 96, WBLS reports. Known as the first African-American radio sports announcer, the first African-American host on a national broadcast network and the first Black person inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame, Jackson held several notable milestones. He is survived by his wife, Debi, with whom he hosted “Sunday Classics” on WBLS, his three children and many grandchildren.

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