New honour for SA radio favourite KG


He’s a pioneer of the sports talk genre. He’s had part of Adelaide Oval named after him.

Now, there’s a new honour being bestowed upon much loved radio host Ken Cunningham.

Fondly known as KG, the FIVEaa favourite will next month be inducted into the South Australian Sport Hall of Fame.

Fitting recognition indeed for the man who has left an indelible mark on Australia’s sports media landscape.

In an interview with In Daily’s Michelangelo Rucci, the former Sheffield Shield winning batsman opens up about how he transformed sports radio.

Of KG’s days at 5DN, Rucci writes: “By the early 1980s, sporting leaders and stars knew they had to sit with Cunningham in the 5DN studio or be live on the phone to tell their story – unedited, and hopefully without interruption – while thousands tuned in from 4 to 6pm each weekday.”

Today – 47 years after he first got behind the mic – 84-year-old KG remains on the airwaves, always advocating for South Australian sport.

Cunningham himself is quite amazed by his stellar innings in the broadcasting game.

As he tells Rucci “I destroy the English language. I talk too fast. I stutter and sputter. I am an emotional idiot at the drop of a hat. So how do I last for all this time in radio? It’s a miracle.”

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