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.
Some quick observations on stuff in the news this week:
>> Funny that President Obama mentioned global warming at the Inauguration Monday. Damn cold since then. We were spoiled the last couple of winters and now payback is a biatch. To warm you up: Saranac Lake low temp was 31 BELOW this morning, Los Angeles high was 80 yesterday, and it will be 78* on South Beach FL today.
>> All the fuss about Beyonce allegedly lip synching the anthem at the Inauguration: does it really matter? Whitney Houston did it during one of the most acclaimed anthem performances at the Super Bowl in Tampa in 1991. Nobody seemed upset by it then (except for Bills fans like me who were there when the Bills lost to the Giants with the "wide right" kick at the end of the game). I don't think anyone will ever mix Beyonce up with Milli Vanilli. And I met her years ago when she sang in the group Destiny's Child in Rochester. She was a very sweet girl who has grown up to be a superstar. I will always prefer a live performance over the pre-recorded one, but let's not make this into an international crisis.
>> I noticed another gun shop has been robbed, the second one in this area since November. This time the shop was hit Monday off route 31 in Palmyra. I'm guessing a law abiding, legal gun owner was not responsible for stealing the weapons.
>> Katie Couric will show her interview with Notre Dame footballer Manti Te'o on her show today on 13WHAM. This story is getting stale. The kid got duped, made up a white lie to cover his stupidity and no one got hurt. Time to move on Katie. Just like we should from Lance Armstrong.
>> Idol fading finally? Ratings for last week's season premiere of American Idol were down 19% from last year, about 4 million less viewers tuned in to see Mariah Carey and Nicky Minaj as judges. Maybe the shark has finally arrived to gobble up Idol and spit out Ryan Seacrest and Randy Jackson.
>> Prices on the rise, as always. Gas prices are creeping up again, for no apparent reason. The price of a stamp will increase by a penny on Sunday, and Governor Cuomo's budget will increase the cost of fines for speeding. And if you looked at your first paycheck of the new year, we lost 2% to the payroll tax. Wouldn't it be great if you and I got a raise to offset all of it. I'm not holding my breath, and besides, it's too cold to hold your breath or it may freeze your lungs.
>> A warm high five to all the volunteers who searched unsuccessfully in the freezing cold for a lost 80-year-old gentleman with Alzheimers who wandered off in the cold from his home in Webster Tuesday. Although he didn't make it home and the search ended with a bad result, it shows how many people care and how tight the Webster community is. God bless those volunteers, the man who didn't make it and God bless our troops.