Veteran music broadcaster inducted to country hall of fame

MIKE: Wednesday Drive Time Country music host Mike Kennedy. Picture by PERRY DUFFINVeteran country music radio man Mike Kennedy was inducted to the The Australian Country Music Foundation’s broadcasters hall of fame on the weekend.

Mr Kennedy was a regular on 16.29AM for more than 20 years and hosted the Wednesday Drive Time Country program.

He exited the Maitland radio waves late last year after decades of bringing country music into cars and lounge rooms across the Hunter.

He was inducted to the hall of fame in Tamworth at a ceremony on Saturday.

“I was happy, excited and pleased,” he said.

“It was something really special that you don’t really expect to happen.”

“It was a once in a lifetime experience.”

Mike Kennedy at his induction ceremony.

Originally a Scone boy, he always had a passion for country music and continues to host a radio program on the Central Coast .

For almost 25 years he volunteered his time to host country music radio programs, and broadcasts annually from Tamworth’s Country Music Awards.

In total he has spent 35 years in the broadcast industry and even spent some time on Maitland FM, which later merged into a Hunter station and eventually folded.

“I couldn’t get any satisfaction in anything else but radio,” he said.

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