Canadian Music Week Announces Fred Kennedy As Recipient of the Steve Young Award

CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK ANNOUNCES
Fred Kennedy As Recipient of the Steve Young Award
Thursday, March 12 – Fairmont Royal York Hotel – 7:00 p.m.
www.cmw.net

Canadian Music Week announces “Fearless” Fred Kennedy as the recipient of the inaugural 2009 Steve Young Award. The award will be presented during the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards on Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 7:00 p.m., Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto. Tickets for the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards are available for purchase on the Canadian Music Week website at www.cmw.net or by calling 905.858.4747.

"Fearless" Fred Kennedy wasn’t always fearless. He paid his dues in small markets – CIGO 101.5 FM, Port Hawkesbury, NS and CKDR 800 AM Dryden, ON – until opting to take a part-time on-air position at Power 97, CJKR 97.5 FM in Winnipeg, MB. It was on Power 97 that he began on-air stunting for The BJ and Hal Show, and where Hal Anderson dubbed him “Fearless Fred”. Fred then moved on to work at The Goat, CKLM 106.1 FM, Lloydminster, with Ryan Zimmerman. When Zimmerman took over as Program Director on The Bear, CFBR 100.3 FM in Edmonton, it wasn’t long until Fred’s career changed again. He was asked to host evenings there and in the fall of 2006 took over the afternoon drive, where he remains today.

The Steve Young Award was created in the memory of its namesake to honour a rising star in the Canadian broadcast industry. Steve Young was among the most popular of those who consult radio, and was always prepared to advise and mentor young broadcasters. This award reflects the support he offered so many. The recipient is chosen by “The Friends of Steve Young”, a Canadian broadcaster committee, and will be awarded annually to a broadcaster under the age of thirty.

Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries.  Combining four information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; a film festival; four awards shows and the nation’s largest New Music Festival – Canadian Music Fest – CMW spans a four-day period from March 11 to March 14, 2009 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and various downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe.  For more information, visit www.cmw.net.

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Bessie Bullard – Communications Director
T: 905.858.4747 E: bessie@cmw.net