Text Us: 870870
Studio: (504)260.1870
Toll Free: (866)889.0870
A   A   A
 Follow 
Share

Posted: Monday, 01 July 2013 6:22PM

Former WWL broadcaster Kenny Wilkerson dies



Longtime New Orleans sportscaster and award-winning journalist Kenneth Wilkerson died Monday in his Pearl River home due to complications from a lingering battle with cancer, according to family members. 

Services for Wilkerson will be held at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 9th at 2 P.M. Family and friends are invited to visitation from 11 a.m. to 2 pm. Interment will be immediately following the service at Hope Mausoleum.

Wilkerson, born on May 16, 1961, attended Jesuit High School and studied at both the University of New Orleans and Delgado Community College . He began his career in journalism reporting for various sports departments including KLFY-TV in Lafayette . In 1997, Wilkerson became a sideline reporter for WWL’s broadcasts of the New Orleans Saints games. He joined WWL 870AM and covered major sporting events for the station for more than 17 years. Wilkerson was best known on the station for co-hosting WWL’s afternoon drive talk show “SportsTalk” with former New Orleans Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert. Prior to that, Wilkerson was the sidekick to Buddy “D” Diliberto until Dilberto’s death in 2005. Much like Diliberto, Wilkerson was considered an independent voice who held team officials and players accountable for their on-the-field decisions and actions. Over the years, Wilkerson became a mainstay at local NFL draft coverage, Saints camp, Saint games, and just about any major sporting event in town. Upon leaving WWL 870AM, Wilkerson continued reporting with WIST Radio and WLAE Television. He was the recipient of numerous awards from the New Orleans Press Club and Associated Press.

Neck surgery caused Wilkerson to miss reporting for a while. He was diagnosed with cancer in April 2012. He began to suffer medical setbacks and over the weekend his health took a turn for the worse. He died peacefully at his home. Wilkerson is survived by his mother, former Jefferson Parish School Board Member Judy M. Colgan, his father Pat Wilkerson, three brothers, five stepsisters and one stepbrother. Wilkerson is also survived by stepfather Larry Colgan and stepmother Mary Lou Wilkerson.
 

A   A   A
 Follow 
Share
Deke's Blog
Deke: Which Saints running backs actually have the best run game?
As my lovely co-host the Cajun Cannon and I watched practice from the stands, we began to talk about the Saints running backs. Just like any position, there is more to it than meets the eye. RB's have to be able to do far more than just run the...
Read More
Deke: Love him or hate him, Les Miles' greatness is undeniable
His teams are always "capable," his opponents are "always of quality," and his players enjoy the "want to win." Say what? Those are just a few of the things that we've heard come out of Les Miles. As he enters 10th season as head coach of the...
Read More
Deke: Hokie says "that was the best Saints practice I've ever seen"
Saints practice moved quickly today, as the team had a longer than usual walk-through prior to stretching. "I thought today was the best practice I've seen under Sean Payton!" said Hokie Gajan. "It was fast paced, the practice was crisp, and I'd...
Read More
Deke: Rob was hot, it's cold at Saints camp, and I ain't lying
I woke up this morning walked out of my hotel room and said "whoa!" I had to go back and change my clothes. Thank goodness I wisely packed some long wind pants, sweat pants and a couple of my favorite Saints long tops. I know back home the actual...
Read More
Deke: Bobby & Hokie note offense's fast start, but D closes hard
The Saints worked through what felt like a cool autumn day at practice this morning at the Advocare Faclility. And even if you know absoultely nothing about football, by listening to Coach Ryan and Coach Vitt you would conclude that the Saints defense...
Read More
Hokie's Blog
Bobby's Blog
Kristian's Blog
Kristian: Byrd back, Cooks shines at Saints camp
Byrd Watching: Saints safety Jairus Byrd is officially off the PUP list! Byrd was in full pads today at practice and participated in individual drills, but did not participate in the team drills. The Saints are easing him into the practice...
Read More
Kristian: Sean Payton leans on Vitt for the good, the bad, and the ugly
Sean Payton is measured and controlled during Saints practices, but Joe Vitt (assistant head coach and LB's Coach) is not. He's the fiery coach that is unwavering on rookies and veterans alike, taking every possible moment to coach. Vitt has...
Read More
Kristian: Get familiar with Saints safety Pierre Warren
The Saints have tremendous depth at safety, and an undrafted rookie free agent would be hard pressed to make this team at that position. Even so, that didn't stop Pierre Warren from choosing to sign in New Orleans after he went undrafted out of...
Read More
Kristian: Saints get physical, offense has the edge
9 on 7: The Saints offensive line set the tone early in practice with a physical "inside running game" drill. Defensive coaches Joe Vitt and Rob Ryan expressed their displeasure through a number of choice words that not suitable for print or the air,...
Read More
Kristian: Pads were popping at Saints practice
Thud: The Saints finally had the pads on for today's practice at the Greenbrier. No more shorts and a game of touch. Helmets were cracking, and the pads were popping in 9-on-7 running game drills today. The O-Line got the better of the D-line in this...
Read More
Training Camp

Team News
Saints Schedule
Team Leaders
Division Standings
NFC Standings
ADVERTISEMENT

1 Thing

Contact Us

Contests

WWL iPhone App

 
Powered By InterTech Media, LLC™