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Sports broadcaster Kenny Wilkerson, who spent more than a decade covering the New Orleans Saints for WWL Radio and as sideline reporter for the Saints Radio Network, died Saturday. He was 52.

Wilkerson died after battling cancer. He was diagnosed in April 2012, friends said.

A New Orleans native, Wilkerson spent 17 years at WWL Radio, as a sports reporter and host, as well as a sideline reporter during Saints Radio Network broadcasts of New Orleans Saints football games.

He co-hosted the station's daily 'Sports Talk' program with New Orleans sports icon Buddy Diliberto up until his death in 2005, and later co-hosted the program alongside former Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert.Hebert continues as host of the afternoon program with Deke Bellavia.

Wilkerson also served as radio play-by-play announcer for the New Orleans VooDoo arena football team.

After leaving WWL in 2008, Wilkerson worked for other radio stations in the market and hosted a sports talk show on WLAE-TV.

He attended Jesuit High School, the University of NewOrleans and Delgado Community College.

He began his career in journalism reporting for various sports departments including KLFY-TV in

Wilkerson is survived by his father, Pat Wilkerson; his mother, former Jefferson Parish School Board Member Judy Colgan; three brothers, five stepsisters and one stepbrother. Wilkerson is also survived by stepfather Larry Colgan and stepmother Mary Lou Wilkerson.

Services for Wilkerson will be held at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 9 at 2 p.m. Family and friends are invited to visitation from 11 a.m. to 2 pm. Interment will be immediately following the service at Hope Mausoleum.

- with reporting by Doug Mouton

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