Al Kennedy

Thu May 13 20:06:44 EDT 2010

WMEX was owned and managed by people who pinched pennies until Lincoln
howled in pain. The station had antiquated equipment and generally
lousy facilities (and this time, I am not referring just to the
signal, although that was terrible until the daytime power increase of
1972). But somehow, they managed to sound great and get ratings that
were unheard of in a market with as many signals as Boston has. The
air staff pretty obviously knew they were being taken advantage of,
which probably led to the revolving door. Yet they seemed to enjoy
every minute, and as long as they hung around, gave the impression
that they wouldn't trade their jobs for ones that paid a living wage.
And when they finally bailed, there must have been dozens of
people--top notch talents--who would fight for the opportunity to be
mistreated for coolie wages. How did Mac and Dickie Richmond pull this
off? Seems like the stuff of which books are made (Donna?). Or maybe
the book has been written--and it wasn't a book at all, but a TV show
named WKRP in Cincinnati.

Dan Strassberg (
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kevin Vahey" <>
To: <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Thursday, May 13, 2010 5:05 PM
Subject: Re: Al Kennedy

> Al was a great guy
> WMEX was a master at giving listeners the impression it was a full
> size
> newsroom
> On Thu, May 13, 2010 at 3:11 PM, <> wrote:
>> I've been listening to the jingle airchecks on Rick Kelly's site
>> this
>> afternoon, and also listened to the 1969 Bud Ballou WMEX recording.
>> In the
>> middle of the latter is part of a newscast done by a guy named Al
>> Kennedy
>> --- very polished, great baritone voice, excellent delivery.  I've
>> heard him
>> before somewhere, but can't place where.  Does anyone out there
>> know
>> anything about him?   -Doug

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