Longtime Wichita State Basketball Radio Announcer Mike Kennedy Reveals Stage Two Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Longtime Wichita State Basketball Radio Announcer Mike Kennedy Reveals Stage Two Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Wichita State men’s basketball fans have been left heartbroken by the news that their long-standing play-by-play voice, Mike Kennedy, will be absent from the radio during the team’s upcoming road trip in North Carolina. Kennedy, who has served as the voice of the Shockers for an impressive 44 years, has disclosed in a statement that he is currently undergoing treatment for stage two prostate cancer.

Kennedy expressed his deep regret at having to step away temporarily from his “labor of love.” He reassured fans that he is feeling fine and that his treatments have been successful so far. With a stage two diagnosis, the cancer hasn’t spread, and Kennedy’s blood work has shown normal results. He emphasized the importance of regular check-ups and urged all men to take their health seriously.

Kennedy’s absence marks a significant milestone in his illustrious career, as he has only missed one game previously due to a 10-day quarantine following a positive COVID-19 test. Despite not being physically present, Kennedy still participated in the pregame and postgame shows on the radio, showcasing his unwavering dedication to the team and his profession.

The outpouring of support and encouragement that Kennedy has received from WSU administrators, coaches, and his broadcasting colleagues has been overwhelming, as he expressed in his statement. He encouraged others to reach out to people dealing with cancer or any challenging medical diagnosis, highlighting the profound impact that kind words can have.

As Kennedy focuses on his treatment, Shane Dennis, a well-known figure among Shocker fans, will take over as play-by-play announcer for the team’s next two games. Dennis, a former star baseball player at WSU and current host of a daily talk radio show on ESPN Wichita, is well-versed in the sports scene and promises to do his best in Kennedy’s absence.

The absence of Kennedy’s familiar voice will undoubtedly be felt by Shocker Nation. Bob Hull, Kennedy’s trusted color analyst on the road, expressed his own sense of unease at being on the road for a radio broadcast without his longtime partner. The duo has shared numerous memorable moments over their 19 years together, making this departure all the more significant.

Despite the temporary setback, Kennedy remains optimistic and grateful for the incredible support he has received over the years. He looks forward to returning to action next week and continuing to bring the excitement of Shocker basketball to fans everywhere.

This news serves as a poignant reminder of the impact that individuals like Kennedy have on the world of sports and the role they play in shaping our experiences as fans. As Shocker Nation rallies behind their beloved team, they also rally behind Kennedy, sending him their well wishes and hoping for a speedy recovery.