- NAME: Hal Jackson
- OCCUPATION: Business Leader, Disc Jockey
- BIRTH DATE: November 03, 1915
- DEATH DATE: May 23, 2012
- Did You Know?: In 1990, Hal Jackson became the first African American to be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
- Did You Know?: Hal Jackson was the first African-American host of a continuing radio program on a network.
- Did You Know?: With Percy Sutton, Hal Jackson acquired WLIB-AM and WBLS-FM, New York City's first African American-owned and -operated radio stations.
- EDUCATION: Dunbar High School, Howard University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Charleston, South Carolina
- PLACE OF DEATH: New York, New York
- Full Name: Harold Baron Jackson
- AKA: Harold Jackson
- AKA: Hal Jackson
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Hal Jackson was an on-air host and DJ known for his work in racial integration via radio, and for later co-founding the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation.
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In 1971, Jackson teamed with Percy Sutton to co-found the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation. They also acquired WLIB (AM) and WBLS (FM), which became the first African American-owned and -operated radio stations in New York City. With DJ and program director Frankie Crocker, WBLS created what would become known as the urban contemporary format, aimed to appeal to a diverse audience. By the end of the decade, WBLS was the top station in the city.
Jackson returned to the air to become host of WBLS' popular Sunday Morning Classics, which featured a multi-generational array of genres, including soul, jazz and American standards. He came to host the show with his fourth wife, Debi Bolling.
Jackson received four presidential commendations over the course of his career, in honor of his impact on civil rights, radio and the media industry in general. He was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1990—becoming the first African American to earn that distinction—and the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1995. In 2001, Jackson released his autobiography, The House That Jack Built.
The legendary broadcaster died on May 23, 2012, at the age of 96, in New York City.
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