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11 May 2016, 10:44
The Radio X DJ has been recognised for supporting new and independent music.
John Kennedy has become the first ever recipient of the Arqiva Commercial Radio Music Champion Award.
The DJ - who fronts RadioX's X-Posure show - has been recognised for his tireless dedication to new and independent acts, dating back to the days of Radio X's predecessor XFM in the 90s.
Judged by members of both the music and radio industry - who unanimously believed John was the obvious winner this year - the category seeks to award someone with an exceptional knowledge of music, who has a passion for sharing it with others.
John Kennedy said of the news: “I am honoured and delighted to be the inaugural Music Champion Award winner at this year's Arqiva Awards! I am a music fanatic who discovered that radio could be an outlet to share my passion and love. Commercial radio doesn’t always get the credit it deserves for championing new music.
"The team at XFM and Radio X have given me their trust and respect as a presenter for nearly two decades and I’d like to say a massive thank you to them and to everyone else I’ve worked with over the years.”
Some of the artists John has given early exposure to include Florence And The Machine, The xx, Mumford And Sons, Adele and many, many more.
Kaiser Chiefs were another of those bands and frontman (and fellow Radio X DJ) Ricky Wilson will present John with his prize at the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards ceremony, which takes place at Camden's Roundhouse on Tuesday 17 May.