Shotgun Tom on KGB Boss 30

Shotgun Tom with Ronald Reagan

Shotgun Tom on KRTH

Shotgun Tom with his Star on the Walk Of Fame

The Shotgun Tom Kelly Collection!

Shotgun Tom Kelly, who succeeded The Real Don Steele in afternoon drive at KRTH-101 in Los Angeles for 22 years, has been one of San Diego's best known radio personalities and worked at KGB, KOGO, KFMB, KBZS and KCBQ.

His career spans over 40 years and included stints at KACY Oxnard, KAFY Bakersfield, KYOS in Merced and KFRC, San Francisco.

"I love playin' oldies on the radio!" said Shotgun, in his first words on KRTH, September 18, 1997. Shotgun has been honored for his work in radio as Billboard Magazine's major market Air Personality of the Year.

Shotgun is also the recipient of two Emmy Awards as the host of two children's television shows, "Words-A-Poppin" and "Kids Club".

"This will be the last radio job of my career!" said Shotgun when he was hired at Oldies Radio K-EARTH 101. "Once you work at a station like K-EARTH 101, you don't need to go anywhere else".

Shotgun also does voiceover work for clients nationwide at Shotgun Tom Productions. In the Summer of 2010, Shotgun organized the dedication of a permanent monument to KCBQ at the station's former transmitter site.

On April 30, 2013, Stevie Wonder, KRTH PD Jhani Kaye and hundreds of fans and friends gathered in Hollywood, at the corner of LaBrea and Hollywood Boulevard, to honor Shotgun Tom Kelly with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. In the category of radio, it was the 2,946th star on the Walk of Fame. Here's a special page with exhibits all about this exciting event.

We are delighted and honored to feature selections from Shotgun Tom Kelly's Collection here. Visit Shotgun on the web at

Thank You, Shotgun Tom!

[Descriptions by Uncle Ricky]

Bobby McAllister & Wolfman Jack, KACY Oxnard 1970 (4:10)

. . . fifteen years, talkin' over the tubes . . .

Bobby McAllister, later to be better known as Shotgun Tom Kelly, interviews the late Wolfman Jack , in 1970 at KACY in Oxnard, prior to a local nightclub appearance. (Oxnard is a coastal community north of Los Angeles.)

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Shotgun Tom Kelly, KCBQ, 1974 (4:07)

. . . can't get enough love, baby . . .

File it under "Fun". Shotgun Tom Kelly offered this 1974 sample of KCBQ, San Diego.

[Aircheck courtesy California Aircheck]

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Shotgun Tom Kelly Salute to San Diego Radio 1993 (26:08)

. . . Are you ready? . . .

Shotgun Tom Kelly grew up in San Diego, "listening to some of the greatest radio in the country". This Salute to San Diego Radio was aired on KCBQ-FM in July, 1993.

PLAYKOGO Sound of The City jingle, Al (Shus)

PLAYKDEO Ray Willis, (Sunny) Jim Price, Tom Schaffer

PLAYKPRI Bree Walker

PLAYKGB Bill Wade, Chuck Cooper, Steve Jay, Fred Lewis, Bobby Ocean, Rich Brother Robin, Shotgun Tom Kelly

PLAYB-100 Beaver Cleaver, Chuck Browning, Shotgun Tom Kelly

PLAYKCBQ Jack Vincent, Happy Hare, Don Howard, Shadow Jackson, Jerry Walker, Shamus Patrick O'Hara, Jim Mitchell, Bobby Ocean, Chuck Browning, Magic Christian

Airchecks courtesy California Aircheck

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Shotgun Tom Kelly on KRTH, Los Angeles, 11-14-97 (4:39)

. . . Ladies and Gentlemen, from the Entertainment Capital of the World . . .

It is SO GOOD to hear some current day straight-ahead fun oldies radio by a Top 40 veteran like Shotgun Tom Kelly! This short 'check includes a great "Friday" production montage and oozes energy.

The Spirit is ALIVE in L.A!

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Additional Exhibits from The Shotgun Tom Kelly Collection

Fred Lewis, Shotgun Tom Kelly, The Heart of San Diego, 2006 (VIDEO)

Dedication of the KCBQ Monument, August 28, 2010

Hollywood Walk Of Fame, April 30, 2013 (Video & Audio)

Shotgun Tom Tribute for Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters Ceremony
March 27, 2015 (VIDEO)

Shotgun Tom & Jack Vincent, 5th Anniversary of KCBQ Monument

The Shotgun Tom Kelly Collection has been part of REELRADIO since December 14, 1997!

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