Today's Urban Radio was once known as Negro Radio or Black Radio, playing what was then known as "race music" or music recordings of Blues, Gospel, Jazz and Rhythm and Blues artists.
Some stations were even the first to play Rock'n Roll music from the likes of Elvis Presley and others; because the established White stations did not want to offend their listeners with a then so-called radical music.
The result was that many Black radio station personalities in the late 1950's gained enormous followings among both Black and White listeners because they played the cutting edge music of the day. One of those was the legendary Douglas "Jocko" Henderson.
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Jocko Henderson from the 1988 Grammys