Prior to becoming syndicated, Kent worked on the air and in programming at top 40 radio station WLS in Chicago. Kent also worked on the air at KLIF in Dallas, WIBG Philadelphia, WGCL and WIXY in Cleveland, WMXJ in Miami, WAVA-FM in Washington, D.C. where he was also the Program Director, and WBZZ (B-94) Pittsburgh.
In addition, Kent worked in the music industry as a promotion executive for Elektra Entertainment, which was a division of Time-Warner’s Warner Music Group. While an executive at Elektra, Kent received many awards including “Promotion Rookie of the Year” and “Promotion Executive of the Year” both separate and individual awards in different years. He helped break and bring to the national music spotlight national music recording artists Tracy Chapman, Third Eye Blind, Keith Sweat, Moby, Natalie Merchant, Simply Red, Missy Elliott, Gerald Levert, Metallica, Yolanda Adams, and En Vogue.
On August 6, 2015, The National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago nominated Tom Kent in the category of syndicated music personality.
Kent lives in suburban Cleveland, Ohio with his wife, three kids and two dogs. Kent and his family moved back to Cleveland in 1988 and have lived there since. His son, Steve Kent, fills in on occasion for him on the air. Steve also hosts a portion of middays on Tom Kent Radio Network’s “24/7 FUN” channel as well as daughter Jackie. Tom Kent’s wife Karen works behind the scenes at the network.