Sundays will never be the same. Popular host and New York radio veteran, Bob Slade lost his fight with kidney disease, leaving fans and supporters heartbroken.
Most notable for his stint as a News Director at NYC’s popular adult contemporary station 98.7 Kiss FM, his take on news was culturally sensitive as well as hard hitting.
With a deep milk-chocolatey-voice, his commentary was perfect for his weekly show with Bob Pickett and James Mtume called Open Line. On the show, the team broke down the psychology and pathology of racism and social justice. Whether looking at in through the lens of education, police brutality, pop culture or politics, the trio (with Slade playing an intricate part in the content development of the show) are predecessors to the work of millennial media darlings like Shawn King and Deray, that use their voice to drive attention to discrimination towards people of color.
Today many are mourning.
RIP, to my brother,friend, and partner, Bob Slade. For a quarter of a century we struggled together, you are irreplaceable. Thanks for everything. pic.twitter.com/n2QMOfoH7M
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) March 24, 2019
@mixcom @WBLS1075NYC sister station of @hot97 mourning the loss of legendary, award winning newsman & talk show host, musicologist, community advocate & fearless voice for #justice & African-American community BOB SLADE. #restinparadise @HRRadiolady pic.twitter.com/Y64EhvCxUe
— Lisa Evers (@LisaEvers) March 24, 2019
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MY DEAR FRIEND/BROTHER/COLLEGUE, THE AWARD WINNING JOURNALIST #bobslade PASSED AWAY EARLIER TODAY, i WORKED WITH HIM FOR OVER 20YRS ON NYC RADIO. HIS WARM SPIRIT, PRESENCE, WISDOM & KNOWLEDGE WILL TRULY BE MISSED. MY HEART IS HEAVY. REST IN PEACE & COMFORT BROTHER BOB aka Bullet Slade, (A name I would call him) @wbls1075nyc #987kissfm #lennygreen #mrquietstorm #mrradiolg