James Robert Radio Kennedy Bio – Wiki
James Robert “Radio” Kennedy is born James Robert Kennedy was a prominent figure in the T.L. Hanna High School football program. He was a prominent figure of a South Carolina high school football program for the last several decades, has died. He was 75-years-old..
Some people are here to teach kindness. We love you “Radio”. RIP pic.twitter.com/0WqqmY5Wax
— TL Hanna Cheer (@tlhcheerleading) December 15, 2019
James Robert Kennedy Age
James Robert Kennedy was born on October 14, 1947, in Anderson, South Carolina, United States.
James Robert Early Life, Career
For decades, he’d been a part of the football program at T.L. Hanna High School.
The mentally challenged man showed up on the football field in the mid-1960s and has been an integral part of the school ever since the T.L. Hanna sports blog shared. He was a teenager at the time, with a transistor radio seemingly attached to his ear.
He could barely speak and had never learned to read or write. He was nicknamed “Radio” by the coaches and players. He became a fixture at football practices.
James Robert Kennedy Death
We’ve lost a treasure.James “Radio” Kennedy.His mere presence put a smile on the faces of all he came in contact https://t.co/8zX3nUsCUb ambassador of goodwill that we’ll all miss. In this pic he’s receiving his asst.COY https://t.co/Nw6z2tjXDt my friend. #DADGUM #ACCOUNTABILITY pic.twitter.com/bZTqDRNjMS
— Bruce Ollis (@CoachOllis) December 15, 2019
Radio passed away on Sunday morning, according to McDougald Funeral Home in Anderson. His death was confirmed by his niece and caregiver Jackie Kennedy. According to Jackie, Radio was taken to Hospice of the Upstate in Anderson County on the afternoon of Saturday, December 14, 2019.
James Robert Kennedy Cause of Death
Cuba Gooding, Jr. to WYFF News 4 on the passing “Radio”:
“Sometimes God sends us inspiration in the human form… James Robert “Radio” Kennedy was and will always be the wings to that inspiration. I will love and miss him always.”
Gooding played “Radio” in the 2003 film. pic.twitter.com/TVq1iXkp9X
— Taggart Houck WYFF (@HouckWyff) December 15, 2019
James Robert Kennedy’s cause of death was not revealed. However, according to former T.L. Hanna football coach Harold Jones, Radio was previously hospitalized in early December. He was treated for pancreatitis, along with ongoing diabetes and kidney issues.
He was loved by so many.. https://t.co/FMdMhS0FOl
— Josie Collier-Owen (@josievans) December 15, 2019
Former T.L. Hanna High Principal Sheila Hilton wrote about James Robert “Radio” Kennedy, “Life is full of ironies. One would think that most high schools have at least one famous student who has brought great recognition to the institution. Maybe it is a student who graduated from Harvard, maybe one who won the Pulitzer Prize for journalism, maybe a famous professional football player. T. L. Hanna has had all of these, but none can come close to their most famous “student.” James “Radio” Kennedy, a mentally challenged man, showed up on the football field in the mid-1960s and has been an integral part of the school ever since. At that time, he was a teenager, with a transistor radio seemingly attached to his ear, who could barely speak and had never learned to read or write. He was nicknamed “Radio” by the coaches and players. He became a fixture at football practices, standing passively and watching, until one day when he began to mimic the coaches’ signals and tried his hand at yelling out commands. At that point, he could have been labeled a distraction and sent away. But he was not. The coaches embraced him, and as coaches came and went, someone would always take over in caring for him. Eventually, Harold Jones took the job and has been his “daddy” ever since.
“Generations of Hanna students and faculty have had an opportunity to know Radio. Everyone has a story to tell, some of them priceless. He’s eating a cooler full of sandwiches that had been made for the team and stored safely on the bus; his pass-kick-and-throw half-time shows; his permanent status as a junior, with no threat of graduation; and his astounding ability to name the mascot of any team in the state. The stories could fill the pages of a lengthy book, each showing the child-like innocence and loving heart that exists within him.
“It would be easy to talk about all the school has done for Radio, but the miraculous thing about this story is what Radio has done for the school. It is perhaps a lesson of which all of us need to be reminded. Because he was embraced by caring people, he was stimulated to learn. Because he was loved, he found his place in the world. Because people looked past his disabilities and imperfections, he found a way to make his own unique contribution to the world. What a lesson there is to be learned here. How many lost souls could be saved with a little care and attention? The thousands of students who have made their way through the halls of T. L. Hanna over the years have seen the results of the love and care given to Radio. He has a permanent smile on his face. He is never without his ability to shake hands and hug necks. He returns exponentially whatever love is given to him. And here the irony rests. He gives back much more than he has received.
“Today, after Sports Illustrated, Readers’ Digest, ESPN, CBS News, and numerous other media, have told his story, a movie called “Radio” with Hollywood’s finest actors was made. It is miraculous how a disabled child in a grocery cart riding the hills behind the old McCants could have arrived at this point.
“It was destiny that he arrived on that football field some forty years ago. He is without a Harvard degree or Pulitzer Prize or professional football contract, but his fame has surpassed all of these accolades. And the story is simple: love and compassion can change lives. It has changed him, and, in return, he has changed ours, and we are better people for having known him.”
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of James Robert “Radio” Kennedy. You touched the hearts of a football coach, an entire school, an entire town and then an entire country and inspired a community and a movie. I just want to say thanks and God rest your soul Radio! 😢😭 pic.twitter.com/G1s8bbcNSG
— James of the Cross (@JamesOfTheCross) December 15, 2019
Very sad to hear about the passing of James Robert Kennedy (“Radio”). I’m very proud to show his movie starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. in my Film Studies classes every semester. An opportunity to show students what a wonderful person he was. Nice to everyone. Every single day! pic.twitter.com/GaJuNHenLY
— jack tate (@coachtatebhs) December 15, 2019
Our deepest condolences are extended to the Kennedy family and entire TL Hanna community this morning as they mourn the loss of a legend in James Robert “Radio” Kennedy. It was an honor to be able to meet Radio every time Gaffney would play Hanna. @TLH_Football pic.twitter.com/bLfvHZbiEE
— The Gaffney Football History Page (@Gaffney_History) December 15, 2019
According to WYFF, he was inducted into the T.L. Hanna Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.