Kenneth (“Kenny”) Edward Nagim was born on August 22, 1947 in New Orleans, LA to Dorothy and Ernest Nagim. He is survived by his beloved wife, Denise Hayes Nagim; his only son, Ryan Kenneth Nagim; his daughter-in-law, Natalie Erwin Nagim; his two beautiful granddaughters, Marion Colleen (7) and Talia Ferra (5); his brother, Ernie Nagim, and his wife Connie; his niece Camille Dybvig, her husband, Tim, and son, Hayes (1); his nephew, Henry Coniglio, and his wife, Allison.
Kenny grew up in New Orleans, spent his formative years in New Orleans, raised his family in New Orleans, and was truly proud to call New Orleans home. In his youth, Kenny was a standout playing high school football at McDonogh 35, enjoyed fast cars, and loved music. After attending the MBA program at Loyola University, Kenny began a 50+ year career in radio and media. Throughout his successful career, he received many accolades, was recognized nationally, and won numerous awards in radio and film. His leadership touched almost every radio station in New Orleans, and his colleagues and friends often said he was the one of the early “guardians of the groove”. Kenny also led the efforts in the 80s to build the Tower of New Orleans and started his own film production company.
Kenny’s passion was music, especially festivals and concerts. He traveled the country to attend concerts, and through his work, met many of the greatest musicians of all time. He organized the first Earth Day celebration in City Park, which became a tradition, as well as the first kite flying contest at the Lakefront. Kenny was also heavily involved in the 1984 New Orleans World’s Fair (Louisiana World Exposition).
While Kenny was a kind, gentle, and humble man, he was a fighter. He fought his battle with cancer as tough as anyone. He was a person others looked up to, trusted, and admired.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at 2:00 pm on June 25, 2020 at St. Francis Xavier Church, 444 Metairie Road, Metairie, LA 70005. Visitation will begin at 12:30 pm and continue until Mass time. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Preservation Hall Foundation (www.preshallfoundation.org) in honor of Kenny Nagim. JACOB SCHOEN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 3827 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119 in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.schoenfh.com.
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