The Mayor Pete Kennedy
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Born in Canandaigua NY, Pete Kennedy grew up the youngest of 5 Irish kids. His dad "Ham" was elected as Mayor of the city of Canandaigua and served 14 years while his youngest son Pete stole the title "Mayor". Ham earned the title and Pete pilfered it.
Pete helped a bunch of his buds at St. Marys School to found an actual radio station that played music over the PA system during lunch. Many of the nuns were less than impressed by the musical selections this young mob played over WSMR. Later, "Mayor" also served as captain of his beloved Canandaigua Academy football team the Braves.
After successfully graduating from SUNY Geneseo where he spent many hours "studying" humanity while DJing and bartending at the world famous Inn Between, he headed to the bright lights of the big city of Rochester NY where he's been rockin' Rochester radio waves for 25 years, now crankin' great tunes on 100.5 the Drive.
When not heckling callers and having fun with them on air, he's actively out working' the streets at various community and charitable events. Last year alone he was involved in over 120 events and has plans for many more in 2012.
Every year at this time I get sentimental. With Veterans Day weekend upon us, it always takes me back to my family. I am a proud member of a military family where I learned from a very early age how much respect and admiration we owe our vets. My dad, the REAL Mayor T. Hamilton Kennedy was a proud Marine who survived being shot in the Marine Corps bloodiest battle in the Pacific. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his battle wounds on Pelilou, a small island where the Marines fought the Japanese and where we lost too many of our best. My uncle NYS Supreme Court Justice Robert P. Kennedy was a bomber pilot who flew many harrowing missions. Growing up, my dad and uncle rarely spoke about what they saw and went through, but when they did it gave me a greater appreciation for the sacrifice that our military makes for our freedom. I would tour the VA Medical Center in my hometown of Canandaigua and meet the soldiers who gave so much of themselves with little reward. To this day I can't believe how many of our young willingly go off to sacrifice for America. Everyday there is a kid who volunteers to go off with the possibility of never returning to his or her family. Please take a moment and think about them this weekend, thank a vet and share a moment of appreciation. I am honored to be heading south Saturday night to be Master of Ceremonies at the Veterans Day Dinner for the Walter Klein Post of the American Legion in Warsaw NY. I've been lucky to be part of this ceremony for a few years now, and I am grateful to meet such heroes, humble men and women who don't want the spotlight or fame, like my friend Cmdr. Dan Walczak of the Warsaw Legion. These are just everyday folks who gave of themselves for us and I salute each one, as I thank every vet who has sacrificed in their own way. God bless our troops this Veterans Day weekend!