Former KKTV 11 News anchor Hal Kennedy has passed away in Scottsdale, Arizona. Kennedy died September 21st of natural causes.
Kennedy was, and is still remembered by many, as the dean of broadcast news in Southern Colorado. He anchored the news at KKTV from 1956 to 1989. Be he also did so much more, serving as News Director and Assistant General Manager.
At the time of his retirement, former CBS News reporter Charles Kuralt called Kennedy a mainstay in the business. For a period of time, Kennedy was the longest running anchor at any television station in the country.
Kennedy was born May 23rd, 1924 in Voss, North Dakota. A WW II veteran, who fought at Omaha Beach with the 29th Sginal Corp., Kennedy began working for KKTV in 1956. He won numerous awards, and served on the Board of Directors for the National Radio and Televsion News Director's Association, and was past President of the Colorado Broadcaster's Association.
Ask longtime viewers, and the common description of Kennedy is the "Walter Cronkite of Southern Colorado." In fact, in the KKTV archives, there are pictures of Kennedy with Cronkite.
Kennedy is preceeded in death by his wife of 50-year Connie. He is survived by three children and six grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned for 1:00pm on October 10th at Pulpit Rock Church Wed Campus, 301 Austin Bluffs Parkway.
We will have much more on Hal Kennedy's legacy tonight on 11 News at 4:30 and 5:30.