Wichita State Shockers

Shocker broadcaster Mike Kennedy to be roasted at Crime Stoppers fundraiser

Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall and radio personality Mike Kennedy enjoy the season's highlights during a public celebration for the team at Koch Arena. (April 15, 2013)
Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall and radio personality Mike Kennedy enjoy the season's highlights during a public celebration for the team at Koch Arena. (April 15, 2013) File photo

Wichita State University men’s basketball coach Gregg Marshall will get the chance to roast the “Voice of the Shockers,” Mike Kennedy, later this month.

“I expect to get hammered,” said Kennedy, who has broadcast Shocker basketball for nearly 40 years.

The June 25 roast will be a fundraiser for the Wichita Crime Commission. In addition to Marshall, the roasters will include Eagle sports columnist Bob Lutz, Jenn Bates of KWCH and Bill Kentling, former general manager of the Wichita Wings soccer team.

Proceeds from the event will go toward Crime Stoppers of Wichita and Sedgwick County, a division of the Crime Commission. The program gives cash rewards to people who provide tips to help solve a crime.

“Crime Stoppers is really making a difference in the community,” said Jon Cressler, chairman of Crime Stoppers, which this year celebrates its 35th anniversary. “That money goes directly into those tip rewards.”

Since its inception, Cressler said, Crime Stoppers has received 36,000 tips, which has led to 3,000 arrests.

“We were one of the earlier programs in the country … one of the more successful programs,” said Bobby Stout, a founding member of the Wichita Crime Commission. “That’s something we’re very proud of.”

Previous roasts have poked fun at former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and former Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston. Ultimately, Kennedy said, it’s for a good cause.

“I’ve always been a believer of the concept,” he said of the Crime Stoppers program. “I think it’s a great idea. It helps protect our community and make it a better place to live.”

Stout said attendees should wear black and yellow Shocker gear to keep the event casual. Tickets are $100 per person, with group options available for tables of eight or 10. Tickets can be purchased by calling 316-267-1235.

Doors open at 6 p.m. June 25 at the Doubletree by Hilton near Eisenhower National Airport, with dinner at 7 p.m. and the roast around 8 p.m.

As for the other roasters, Kennedy expects good fun.

“There are some pretty clever guys,” he said, jokingly. “I’m sure they’ll be creative even if it’s not necessarily true.”

Reach Shelby Reynolds at 316-268-6514 or sreynolds@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @_shelbyreynolds.

If you go

Mike Kennedy roast

When: June 25. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., roast about 8 p.m.

Where: Doubletree by Hilton, 2098 Airport Road, Wichita

Tickets: $100 per person; $750 for table of eight; $950 for table of 10. Order tickets at 316-267-1235.

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