“When I was 10, one day I came home from school and my mother was listening to a man broadcasting from a shopping center, playing records and interviewing people on the air,” recalls Tom Kelly. “She said to me ‘Tommy, you got to go down there — maybe he’ll put you on the radio!’”
In this case, the proverbial “mother knows best” words of advice turned out to be prophetic.
Better known as “Shotgun Tom,” the man behind the mic is in his 16th year as L.A.’s K-Earth 101 disc jockey, and is being honored with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star April 30.
“Everything stems from one’s childhood, doesn’t it?” muses the KRTH DJ about his career path. With his mother’s encouragement and father’s influence, Kelly’s radio identity emanated from his life experiences — specifically his signature name and style.
“My folks used to go camping and every summer…
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