L.A. Radio Legend ‘Shotgun’ Tom Kelly To Get Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star
KRTH-FM (101.1) afternoon host “Shotgun Tom” Kelly will receive the 2,496th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today in connection with his 40th anniversary in radio.
Singer Stevie Wonder, a longtime friend, and KRTH program director Jhani Kaye will join Kelly in speaking at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue.
The star will be next to the one honoring the late Real Don Steele, a previous afternoon host on KRTH.
When Kelly was 10 years old, his mother told him a disc jockey was broadcasting from a shopping center, interviewing people, and that he should go there and see if he would put him on the air. Kelly went there and was interviewed, prompting him to build a mock radio station in his bedroom, with two record players and a microphone.
Kelly then visited radio stations to watch disc jockeys do their shows. When he was 13, Sonny Jim Price, a disc jockey and program director, called him into his office to ask his opinion of a new song he was going to add to the playlist, “California Dreamin”‘ by the Mamas and the Papas. Kelly said he liked the song, Price asked him if he would like to work at the station, an offer Kelly quickly accepted.
Kelly has been the afternoon host at KRTH since 1997 after working at a series of stations in his native San Diego and KFRC in San Francisco.