Funeral services for the longtime New Orleans sportscaster and award-winning journalist for WWL-A/FM Kenneth Wilkerson are set for Tuesday Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home. Wilkerson died last week in his Pearl River home due to complications from a lingering battle with cancer, according to a WWL story.
Family and friends are invited to visitation from 11 a.m. to 2 pm. Interment will be immediately following the service at Hope Mausoleum.
WWL “Sports Talk” host Bobby Hebert talked about working with Kenny both as a player and a broadcaster.
“He was very active when he was in the locker room, always getting the interviews,” Hebert said. “He really got involved in the early 90’s when I was involved with the Saints, and then with his sideline reporting for 11 years. He always tried to do the right thing, and was on the cutting edge at the same time.”
WWL/Saints Radio Operations & Program Director Diane Newman recalls Wilkerson as a member of the WWL family for “many, many years.”
“Kenny had a passion and love for WWL that matched his passion and love for this city. He was New Orleans through and through,” Newman said. “Kenny was kind & generous…tough & scrappy…he had a fun spirit; a joy that shined through even though he suffered through physical challenges, since a boating accident as a young man. It breaks my heart that Wilky left this earth so young. But, who can question God’s timing. What gives me comfort is imagining Kenny in heaven surrounded by animals of every sort…and belting out a big Who Dat every Sunday. God bless Kenny & his family. God bless us all. Ketchup… ; -) that’s for Kenny.”