By KEVIN HARRIS
Southern Indiana Preps
I am shocked, saddened and heartbroken to learn of the
passing of former WNAS-FM general manager and New Albany High School teacher
Lee Kelly – the “Voice of the Bulldogs” - today. I knew that Lee had not been
feeling well lately, but I did not know how serious his condition was.
Lee was one of the leaders of the Southern Indiana athletics
media and I had nothing but the utmost respect for him.
I always appreciated his support when I was a sports
writer at The Evening News and the News and Tribune and that support continued after
my employment ended at the newspaper.
Anytime you needed help at a New Albany sporting event,
whether it was reserving a seat for you in The Doghouse catwalk or the Buerk
Field press box, finding a power outlet or a power strip to plug in your laptop
or getting information on a Bulldog athlete, Lee was always willing to assist you.
If you wanted to interview him for an article you were working
on, he always found the time for you. Or if you needed to talk about problems
that was going on at work or in your life, he was there to listen.
I always enjoyed talking to Lee before ballgames we
covered together. He always greeted me with a smile and a handshake and asked how
I was doing. Sometimes, he had a joke or a sarcastic quip to share to loosen me
For a little while when we were at the same game, he
would come over and ask me who I was picking to win, and I’d let him know my
prediction and tell him the reason for it.
Lee was passionate about a lot of things in his life. Two
of those passions were Southern Indiana high school athletics and radio. He did
fabulous work at WNAS for four decades. After his retirement from New Albany, that
great work continued as he broadcasted high school games and gave his insight
on several high school-related shows for WXVW-AM in Jeffersonville.
But another passion Lee had was teaching high school
students and having a positive impact on their lives. He did a great job with
that as I have read several Facebook posts from his former students praising
Lee Kelly was a fantastic individual and without question
he will be missed.
My condolences go out to Lee’s wife Sally and the entire
RIP Lee Kelly.