Beloved WBLS radio personality and former judge Bob Pickett has died. His passing was announced Tuesday on social media by WBLS radio host Fatiyn Muhammad. No information has been released on the cause of death.
“The NY Radio Talk Show Openline Show That Aired On 98.7 Kiss-FM And Then On 107.5 WBLS-FM With Hosts; Bob Slade, James Mtume, And Judge Bob Pickett… Were Saddened Almost 3-Years Ago When Bob Slade Passed,” Muhammad said. “Then Last Week We Lost “The 3rd Answer” James Mtume… And I’m Heartbroken To Say We Lost The Final Member Of This Trio Today… Judge Bob Pickett… We Send Our Condolences & Prayers To The Family & Friends Of Bob Pickett.”
Pickett was one of the original hosts of the WBLS public affairs program “Open Line” along with the late Bob Slade and James Mtume.
An attorney for over 30 years, Pickett had experience in litigation, both civil and criminal. He was also a former judge in the Administrative Courts of New Jersey.
He received numerous citations and awards, including the Garden State Association of Black Journalists award for the Best Syndicated Show, Visions of Black America, as producer and writer for the series.
Pickett was Chairman and Organizing Founding Member of Black United Fund of New Jersey, now the African American Fund of New Jersey.