Chances are you caught the blockbuster movie, “Radio,” after its release in 2003. Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. portrayed the mentally challenged man, James Robert (Radio) Kennedy. Radio began attending T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, South Carolina back in 1970 and has been there ever since. Just like the movie portrays, coach Harold Jones gained Radio’s trust and the two became the best of friends. Radio received his name because of his love for radios. Those that lived in Anderson would often see Radio carrying his own radio around town, listening to the music.
Most of the movie was filmed in the actual city of Anderson, South Carolina since several locations around the city still resemble the time period Radio grew up. “We still have visitors that come to T.L. Hanna to visit the place they saw in the movie,” said Bo Keever, a T.L. Hanna Guidance Counselor. As I was talking with Mr. Keever, Radio appeared from a door. “Hi, I am Radio,” he announced sticking his hand out to greet me. Holding a conversation with Radio proved challenging since he was more focused on giving free hugs and high fives to all of the students entering the cafeteria for lunch. I was able to ask him a few questions about his famous portrayal in the movie, “I am famous,” Radio continued to tell me. “He (Cuba Gooding Jr.) was real nice, I liked the movie real good!” (PICTURED ABOVE: RADIO TAKES TICKETS AT A T.L. HANNA HIGH SCHOOL SPORTING EVENT.)
Seeing Radio in real life confirmed that he is an extreme encourager and in addition to his daily duties of keeping the school clean, made sure that everyone he came into contact with was encouraged in some way. For this reason, Radio has been selected as this week’s ordinary person doing extraordinary things!
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