Photo Credit - Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce
John Kennedy was born and raised in Sudbury and has spent some 25 years on the airwaves becoming one of the area's most popular announcers. While in high school, he toured CKSO AM, FM and Television. Impressed with what he saw, he thought working on the air could be just right for him.
After graduating from Radio Broadcasting in 1980 at Canadore College in North Bay, the doors at CKSO swung open and he became a television reporter for nearly a year but found he preferred radio. He stayed with the company, then corporately known as United Broadcasting Ltd. until mid-1985 doing all nights, weekends and mid-day time slots.
Then between 1985 and 2005, John Kennedy worked for Sudbury Broadcasting/Mid Canada Radio/Pelmorex/Hailburton Broadcasting/Newcap Radio, again as an on-air personality hosting mid-day, afternoon and morning programs.
Kennedy retired from Newcap Radio's Z103 in Sudbury just after the end of 2005. Fond of his hometown John has volunteered with several non-profit organizations helping to make the city a better place to live and work.
In an interview with Northern Life - Greater Sudbury on the Web, John said turning to radio was the right thing. He said, "I was lucky enough to work 25 years in a business I loved with a passion". Kennedy did radio news and then eventually became a show host.
Kennedy's style was personable and friendly, while he tried to keep pace on current news, sports and entertainment, he was able to maintain and offer a point of view.
Since August of 2006, John has served in the role of Membership Account Manager at the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce. He is responsible for recruiting and retaining membership.