Bryan Kennedy of ABC 36 news Lexington joined me for episode 15 of the Kentucky Dad Podcast. He was a great sport about it considering I scheduled the recording to occur right in the middle of the Lakers Rockets Game 4. Bryan is a huge Lakers fan but in true nice guy fashion he still chose to spend some time with us on the podcast talking about his role in the media and as a father.
One of the first things that Bryan shared was that he is a proud native of Owensboro, Kentucky and an alum of Apollo High School — home of the living legend Rex Chapman. You could hear the pride in his voice when sharing details about his hometown and his appreciation of Rex. Before speaking with Bryan I really wasn’t sure where he had spent most of his time in life but I quickly learned that he is Kentucky to the core.
Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2014 with a degree in broadcast journalism. He went on to obtain his master’s degree in Sports media and branding from Western Kentucky University. So despite having a tremendous love for sports, he also has some impressive credentials to go along with that passion. One of the highlights of his career was covering John Calipari’s introductory press conference back in 2010 while working with UK Student News Network.
But first and foremost, Bryan is a Dad to his two children, Myles and Sienna. Myles is four and Sienna arrived in the world in early March of 2020 just days ahead of the COVID-19 lockdowns. Despite the immense challenges of a having a new born in this pandemic environment, Bryan has been able to spend more time at home with his family than ever before and is enjoying every second of it.
We both got a kick out of our desire to introduce nostalgic movies from our past to our kids. The Big Green, a 1995 timeless soccer classic, was mentioned as recent favorite in the Kennedy household. Bryan also came with a TV Dad comparison that we haven’t heard before. I won’t give it away so make sure you listen to the podcast because it was a good one. Our Dad Jokes were less awful than normal as well.
If you’ve ever met Bryan in person or seen him on TV then you already know he always has a smile on his face. When I asked him about father figures in his own life he was able to share details about several family members that took on a role of leadership in his life. He credits that community approach to shaping his work ethic and drive to just keep moving forward.
We had a lot of good dialogue during this episode - here’s a few topics that we hit.
- Andy Griffith intro
- TV Dads
- Bryan’s background
- Life with a newborn during COVID
- Nostalgic Movies
- Father figures growing up
- Dad Jokes!
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