Top award stuns ra­dio host Kelly

Bay of Plenty Times - - Local News - Kiri Gille­spie

Brian Kelly, or BK as most peo­ple know him, is first to ad­mit he’s liv­ing the dream.

And the Tau­ranga Coast break­fast ra­dio host has now had his dream made even more sur­real — Kelly has this week been named a life mem­ber of the New Zealand Sports Jour­nal­ism Awards.

The pres­ti­gious hon­our was given to Kelly dur­ing the Sir Terry McLean Na­tional Sports Jour­nal­ism Awards in Auck­land on Wed­nes­day.

“The rea­son I was there was I was pre­sent­ing an award, the Garry Frew Memo­rial Tro­phy award. I did that then sat down to have my din­ner and lo and be­hold, my name was read out,” Kelly said. PHOTO / AN­DREW WARNER

“It was a sur­prise. But what made it spe­cial was my son was there. He’s now work­ing in ra­dio at Ra­dio Sport as a pro­ducer. It was a pretty proud mo­ment.”

Kelly hosts Tau­ranga and Coro­man­del’s Coast break­fast show af­ter spend­ing six years host­ing Coast in Auck­land. Prior to that Kelly was the main voice of break­fast ra­dio in Tau­ranga for more than three decades.

“It’s nice to be recog­nised for the work I’ve done over the past 45-plus years.”

Over the years Kelly has de­vel­oped a strong pas­sion for sports jour­nal­ism, es­pe­cially if it took him close to mo­tor­sport.

Kelly, who has a back­ground in New Zealand Rally, has cov­ered or been in­volved in most ma­jor mo­tor­sport events in Zealand.

“Fun­nily enough, the per­son who first got me started in mo­tor­sport was one of the or­gan­is­ers of the awards. He was my first boss,” Kelly said.

“I didn’t go out to win an award. I just love do­ing what I do. I get to play mu­sic and talk sport.

“I’m liv­ing the dream. I’m lucky re­ally, it’s like I’ve never worked a day in my life.”

Brian “BK” Kelly has a love for sports jour­nal­ism.

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