March 24, 2019

Bob Slade Legendary New York City Radio Host and Newsman Has Passed

Bob Slade, the longtime host of 107.5 WBLS’ and 98.7 KISS FM (WRKS') “Open Line” public affairs show, has died after a longtime bout with kidney disease. Though he excelled over the airwaves delivering news and commentary, Harlem native Slade’s original dream was to be an actor. In fact, Slade studied acting at Queens College and was a member of the Negro Ensemble Company and the Harlem YMCA Theater Group. He developed an interest in radio while performing in off-Broadway shows.

Image result for bob sladeAfter stints doing news radio on Long Island in 1971, Slade moved to New York City’s 98.7 Kiss-FM station, where he became the news director. There, he developed the venerable “Open Line” program, which he co-hosted with attorney Bob Pickett and musician James Mtume.

The show tackled a host of urban issues from police brutality to education and politics. It moved to WBLS when 98.7 changed its format in 2012. In recent years Slade was heard nationally as one of the fill-in hosts on syndicated radio's Rev. Al Sharpton's "Keepin' It Real" talk show. (Parts of this post Source: New York Daily News)

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