Kenneth Percival Frederick HOWARD

Kenneth Percival Frederick Howard was a renowned race caller born on December 2, 1913, in Waverley, Sydney.

He began his career as a cadet journalist and soon joined radio station 2SM as a messenger boy. Howard’s passion for horse racing led him to make his first race broadcast in 1936. He later moved to Radio 2KY and faced challenges in describing races from the courses due to restrictions imposed by the Australian Jockey Club and the Sydney Turf Club. Undeterred, he found creative solutions, such as broadcasting from unusual locations like oil storage tanks, fowl houses, and even trees.

Howard became known for his vibrant and exciting commentary style, capturing the intense moments of races with colourful phrases like “lunging for the wire” and “London to a brick.” His accuracy and attention to detail made him an exceptionally skilled race caller.

In the early 1950s, he joined Radio 2GB and presented Australia’s first television turf programs. Despite his talent, Howard faced criticism for a few incorrect calls, leading to his replacement as the broadcaster for races relayed to Caulfield.

Throughout his career, he received recognition for his contributions and was appointed M.B.E. in 1967.

Howard retired after his final race call in Sydney on December 31, 1973, and spent his time enjoying hobbies like fishing, lawn bowls, and gardening. He passed away on October 21, 1976, at his Nambucca Heads home, leaving behind a remarkable legacy in the racing world.

Source: https://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/howard-kenneth-percival-frederick-10554