Top award stuns radio host Kelly
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.