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.
The Grammy nominations were announced on CBS during a live concert from Nashville Wed. night. Reviewing the noms is a subjective tale, influenced by your own musical tastes. I will say at least the nominating committee got it right by NOT getting caught up by Psy's Gangnum Style (889 million views on the internet) and not putting Justin Bieber up for any awards. 18-year-old "Biebs" is certainly a big success already, with his third album out and many hits over the last few years. But the Grammys should reward musical talent, not popularity (although it was a complete embarrassment and travesty when the Best New Artist Grammy went to Milli Vanilli years ago, an award later recinded when they were exposed as frauds). Bieber's manager and young fans are already crying foul for his slight and will whine all the way til the Grammys are handed out Feb. 10 in LA. Here's the big nominations announced last night:
Best Album: fun. with Some Nights, Mumford & Sons with Babel, El Camino from The Black Keys, Jack White's LP Blunderbuss and Frank Ocean for Channel Orange.
Best Rock Album: Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball, Jack White from above along with The Black Keys, Coldplay for Mylo Xyloto and Muse for The 2nd Law.
Best Record: Black Keys Lonely Boy, fun. with We Are Young, Kelly Clarkson's Stronger, Gotye with Somebody I Used To Know and Taylor Swift for We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together. (ouch)
Best Song: Clarkson and fun. again for their songs above, along with Ed Sheeran's A Team along with that song we all got sick of this summer from Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe, which has 6.1 million downloads so far.
That last one stings. I suppose you could lump Carly Rae in with Bieber and Psy so I have no real idea how the committee comes up with their criteria on who to enter into the competition. Hopefully the voters will get it right when the Grammys are handed out Feb 10 in LA.