Former 10News weathercaster, current radio star 'Shotgun Tom' Kelly gets Walk of Fame star

Kelly hosted game show on ABC10

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Former 10News weathercaster and current Los Angeles radio host "Shotgun Tom" Kelly received the 2,496th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Tuesday, marking his 40th anniversary in radio.

Singer Stevie Wonder, a longtime friend, and KRTH program director Jhani Kaye joined Kelly at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue.

Kelly's star is next to the one honoring the late Real Don Steele, a previous afternoon host on KRTH.

"Just look around you," Kelly told the crowd. "You've got Cary Grant. You've got Marilyn Monroe. You've got Stevie Wonder's star just down the street here. You've got Tom Jones, you've got Carlos Santana. I mean, how about K.C. and the Sunshine Band? They're even here. So it's great to be in this good company."

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 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 (KGB, KCBQ and B100) and KFRC in San Francisco.

During the late 1970s into the early 1980s, Kelly hosted a game show that aired on ABC10 called "Words-A-Poppin," and he also was a weekend weather forecaster for 10News.
 

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