Vale 2TM legend Kevin Knapp
2TM Tamworth legend and inaugural host of the Golden Guitar Awards Kevin Knapp has passed away.
Knapp, born in 1932, was part of 2TM’s early days, and was instrumental in established Tamworth as the capital of country music.
Before moving north, he worked as a panel operator at 2CH in Sydney, before moving to 2LM Lismore as an announcer, which is where his love of country developed.
He started as 2TM station supervisor in 1964, and helped to introduce a new night-time country music program called Hoedown, run by copywriter John Minson.
On January 28, 1973, Knapp hosted the first ever Golden Guitar Wards.
He was also a regular contributor and occasional editor of the Country Music Capital News publication, and had received accolades including a Country Music Capital Golden Guitar Award in 1989, a Tamworth Sonwriters Association Award in 2005, and a TIARA Industry and Pioneer award.
“There is little doubt that Kevin played an integral role in the great success of 2TM and he will always remain a much loved member of the 2TM family,” posted 2TM in a statement.
“The current management and staff send our deepest condolences to Kevin’s family at this sad time.”