Bill Kelly - Communication Arts, 1974
2009 Creative Arts & Design Recipient
In 1972, in his first year at Mohawk, he was part of the team to develop Mohawk’s campus radio station and his accomplishments don’t end there. Since graduating from Mohawk’s Communications Arts Program in 1974, having completed the three-year course in two years Bill has enjoyed a successful career on television, radio and in politics.
Bill has worked as an on-air personality in a number of markets and in 2007 came home to CHML. As host of “The Bill Kelly Show,” Bill is dynamic and knowledgeable, and has exemplary interviewing skills. His decade in politics has given him an insider’s experience, and an insider’s perspective, into the people who shape our community and into the issues that define our world. Bill has a unique rapport with guests and audiences alike, and is truly an exceptional broadcaster and community advocate. “One of the greatest assets of my education at Mohawk was honing my communication skills through the interaction, mentoring, and hands-on experience that I received. This has provided an obvious benefi t to my broadcasting career, of course, but the ability to impart information and ideas in a clear, articulate, and concise manner has proved to be a tremendous advantage in all my endeavours as well.”
Bill’s impressive career includes being twice nominated for Country Music Radio Personality of the Year, having interviewed top musicians including, Johnny Cash and Tom Jones. Hosting “The Bill Kelly Show,” airing daily on CHML, where he has had the pleasure to interview such people as Premier Dalton McGuinty, Bob Newhart, and Rick Mercer. On TV he has been the host of South 905 on Cable 14 from 1997-2000 as well as being host of CH Talk Live on CHTV, including co-hosting day long coverage of the events of 9/11 and the US invasion of Iraq, as well as hosting CHTV’s Town Hall focusing on local issues such things as Aboriginal issues and downtown redevelopment.
Bill’s other accomplishments include being elected to Hamilton’s City Council in 1997 and re-elected twice more in 2000 and 2003.
Bill’s additional community involvement has included sitting on multiple boards and committees as well as supporting many charities within our community, promoting charities such as City Kidz, Hamilton Food Share, the United Way and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Bill is also one of a few civilians to be an awarded a life-time membership with the Hamilton Police Association in recognition of the work done with the Hamilton Police Services.