Longtime WSB radio reporter and “Money Matters” host Mike Kavanagh died at his suburban Atlanta home Saturday. He was 57. The AJC reports that Kavanagh was decorating his home for the holidays when he suffered a fatal heart attack.
WSB radio’s web site has a nice tribute to Kavanagh, a 40 year veteran of radio and TV. He and Lisa Campbell hosted WSB’s Atlanta’s Evening News before the station shut down the newscast in favor of syndicated talk. He remained with the station as the host of a financial planning program, and producer of financial segments for WSB’s news. Among his awards was an Edward R. Murrow award for an investigative series called “Ripped Off in the Name of God.”
Though he’d worked in TV in the early days of CNN, Kavanagh was a devoted radio guy. He helped create the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame. He also created and managed a web site devoted to the history of WSB radio.
Quoted on WSB’s web site, Campbell says “Mike was an incredible talent, a good human being, my longtime co-anchor, but most of all, my dear, dear friend…. There will never be another Kavanagh.” Our condolences to his friends, family and colleagues.