Ken’s contribution to jazz broadcasting, in Melbourne as well as Sydney, spanned 40 years & reflected a deep commitment to his audiences & the music he loved. In memory of Ken, Rob Thomas will present a program of Ken’s favourite music & some excerpts from his past programs.
Join us in saying “nice one, Ken” on Monday 13th August at 7pm.
Ken was also a major contributor to the launch of Fine Music Digital by way of completing over two hundred programs.
As a young man Ken lived in London during an era of great English jazz performers including Stan Tracey, Tubby Hayes & Johnny Dankworth, and became a stalwart of the live London jazz scene. By profession Ken was a graphic design artist. He emigrated to Melbourne in the early 1970’s.
Ken became interested in broadcasting in the mid 1970’s. He undertook training at radio 3UW and for three years presented jazz programs at the ABC’s “low powered” community station.
Jazz was at the core of Ken’s life and the conduit to so many of his friendships. His radio career was inspired by his friendship with the leading jazz presenter, Ralph Rickman. His lifelong friendship with Richard Endacott included their visiting the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and Ronny Scott’s club in London.
Later Ken became a Sydney resident and long-time presenter at Eastside Radio, prior to joining Fine Music. He was particularly interested in the development opportunities for young jazz performers and the activities of the jazz department of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Ken has left a generous bequeath to Fine Music for the purpose of progressing jazz broadcasting. He will be fondly remembered by those who knew him.