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Thursday, February 15, 1934. :   Australian radio and television personality, Graham Kennedy, is born.

     Graham Cyril Kennedy was born on 15 February 1934 in Melbourne, Australia. Because his parents divorced when he was very young, he was raised by his grandmother. He left school prematurely, working first as a news runner for the Australian Broadcasting Commission on their Radio Australia shortwave service, then working in the record library at radio station 3UZ. Later, after being panel operator for radio personality "Nicky" (Cliff Nicholls), Nicholls put Kennedy to air with him as his sidekick in 1950. Kennedy first worked with popular personality Bert Newton on 3AK morning radio in 1961-1962.

When television debuted in Melbourne in 1957, Kennedy was chosen to present the evening show, In Melbourne Tonight, for GTV-9. This was the beginning of his 40-year career, throughout which he held the unofficial title of the "King" of Australian television.

Kennedy's last programme was 'Graham Kennedy's Funniest Home Videos' which was broadcast in 1990 on the Nine Network. He retired in 1991 and moved to a rural property near Bowral, New South Wales. A diabetic, and a heavy smoker and drinker, his health declined during the 1990s. Kennedy died on 25 May 2005 from complications from pneumonia.


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Thought For Today
Give yourself to the Lord; trust in him, and he will help you;
Psalms 37:5 (c) GNB
When you are finished trying to do things your way, how about asking God to help you do it the right way for a change. He knows best.

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