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|Birth name||Harold Baron Jackson|
November 3, 1915|
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
|Died||May 23, 2012
New York, New York, USA
|Previous show(s)||The Bronze Review
The House That Jack Built
Jackson moved to New York City 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 Jackson’s mix of music and conversations with jazz and show business celebrities.
In 1971, Jackson and Percy Sutton, a former Manhattan borough president, co-founded the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation (ICBC), which acquired WLIB — becoming the first African-American owned-and-operated station in New York. The following year, ICBC acquired WLIB-FM, changing its call letters to WBLS ("the total BLack experience in Sound"). As of the late 2000s ICBC, of which Jackson was group chairman, owns and operates stations in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Fort Lauderdale, Columbia, South Carolina, and Jackson, Mississippi.
As of February 2011, nonagenarian Jackson continued to host Sunday Classics on WBLS each Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m., with Clay Berry and Deborah Bolling Jackson, known professionally as Debi B., his wife of 25 years.
In 1990, Hal Jackson was the first minority inducted into the National Association of Broadcaster's Hall of Fame. In 1995, he became the first African-American inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. He was given a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 2003. In October 2010 he was named a "Giant in Broadcasting" by the Library of American Broadcasting.
Jackson was the founder of the Hal Jackson Talented Teens Miss International Competition.
- "The Legendary Hal Jackson: Hal Jackson's Sunday Classics With Debi B. & Clay Berry", WBLS.com, n.d. WebCitaion archive.
- "Debi B.", WBLS.com. WebCitation archive.
- Hal Jackson Talented Teens International Scholarship Competition
- "Hal Jackson, pioneer on black radio, dies at 97". NY Daily News. 2012-01-29. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
- "Hal Jackson, 96, New York Broadcaster Who Broke Racial Barriers in Radio, Dies," by Mel Watkins, The New York Times, May 24, 2012
- Hal Jackson (8 November 2008). Still On The Air After 69 Years (audio). Interview with Scott Simon. Weekend Edition Saturday. NPR. Retrieved 2008-11-07.