NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- Happy birthday to New Canaan’s Larry Kenney!
Kenney, who has owned a home in New Canaan, turns 68 on Friday. The radio personality and voice actor was born Aug. 5, 1947, in Pekin, Ill.
In 1963, Kenney began his radio career at the age of 15 as a disc jockey at WIRL in Peoria, Ill. After WIRL, he worked at WOWO in Ft. Wayne, Ind.; WKYC (AM, now WTAM), in Cleveland (1970-1973);WHN in New York City; WYNY in New York City; WJJD (now WYLL), in Chicago; and WKHK (now WLTW), in New York City until 1972.
He was part of the regular cast of the "Imus in the Morning" radio show from 1973 to 2007, where he recorded impersonations of dozens of characters, including General George Patton, Andy Rooney and Ross Perot.
In 1973, Kenney joined 1050 WHN (now WEPN), a country music station in New York City. He originally announced the afternoon drive-time before taking over the prestigious morning drive-time in 1974.
He was the host of the New York edition of the television show "Bowling for Dollars" on WOR-TV (now WWOR-TV) from 1976 to 1979.
He is also known for his voice work as Lion-O on the 1980s Rankin-Bass cartoon "Thunder Cats, Clarence Thomas, and Karate Kat," a martial arts blackbelt cat featured as part of "The Comic Strip." He was also the voice of Bluegrass in "SilverHawks." Kenney also did voice work for several breakfast cereal characters, including Count Chocula and Sonny the Cuckoo Bird.
He provided voice-overs for "The State," the 1990s sketch comedy cult classic that featured his daughter, Kerri Kenney. He was also the announcer for VH1's "Best Week Ever" during its run from 2004 to 2009, and provides introductions for Westwood One's radio coverage of Monday Night Football and various other commercial work. He was the announcer for "102.7 The Beat" in the video game "Grand Theft Auto IV."
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