Legendary radio personality Hal Jackson has passed away today at the age of 98. He is widely known as the first African-American radio sports announcer and the first to ever host a jazz show.

Very sad.. we just lost another legend who helped 'pioneer' NY radio .. #RIP Hal Jackson .

— Spinderella (@Spindeezy) May 23, 2012

Hal Jackson (Nov 3 1914 – died May 23 2012) radio personality who broke a number of color barriers in American radio broadcasting. RIP 🙁

— Liz Black (@Lizblacklive) May 23, 2012

R.I.P. Hal Jackson – Sundays will never be the same

— AJ Calloway (@AJCalloway) May 23, 2012

Rest In Peace Mr. Hal Jackson.

— D-Nice (@djdnice) May 23, 2012

R.I.P. Hal Jackson

— beverly bond (@BEVERLYBOND) May 23, 2012

HAL JACKSON PAVED THE WAY FOR ALL OF US THAT'S IN RADIO THERE WOULDN'T BE AFRICAN AMERICANS IN RADIO IF IT WASN'T 4 HIM HE SET THE TONE

— Mixtape Hustler (@DJSeanmoney) May 23, 2012

RIP Hal Jackson #TheRadioLEGEND

— $HAY ROZAY (@_ShayRoZay) May 23, 2012

RIP Hal Jackson I grew up listening to you.

— Tiffany Daniiella (@Je_Suis_Tiffany) May 23, 2012

Wow! When it rains it pours! #RIP Hal Jackson host of the Sunday Classics on WBLS! A legend & trailblazer in radio for almost 60 years!

— Mala B. Walker (@MissMalaB) May 23, 2012

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If you don't know who Hal Jackson is, google him. Seriously, he may have been one of the first African-Americans on the radio airwaves

— Sheikstyles (@sheikstyles) May 23, 2012

r.i.p legendary broadcaster Hal Jackson…..too much death, I can't take much more smh

— Sheikstyles (@sheikstyles) May 23, 2012

Rest in peace.

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