Sunday, August 15, 2004

DJOBIT: The death has been announced of Hunter Hancock, pioneering US radio DJ. Known on-air as Ol' HH, between 1943 and 1968 he hosted radio shows, for many years holding the title of black Southern California's favourite presenter. His popularity amongst black listeners was so great, many fans were surprised to discover that the Texan born hancock was white. His first on-air slot was reading the news for KMAC-AM in San Antonio. After a move to a jazz station in Los Angeles, a chance meeting with a record rep persuaded him to try one or two "race records", as early R&B was known at the time. It was such a success within a week, he'd changed his format to all R&B; in 1956, he was equally quick to pick up on rcok and roll. Hunter died on August 4th from natural causes.

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