I am very upset by what I am reading here. Shotgun Tom is entirely deserving of that star. I heard some stories about Don Steele that painted him as a less than stellar character, but he was still amazing at what he did and was recognized for awesome talent. When I was a kid in the 70s and early 80s I found that my favorite radio personalities were real jerks much of the time -- high horse prima donnas. When I worked in radio in the late 80s and 90s, I remembered that and did my best NOT to be that type of personality. After I left the business, some of my closest friends in the biz when I was there turned out to be those high horse jerks to me once I was out of the biz. I never had the pleasure to work with Shotgun but I've met him a few times on occasion and he's one of the nicest, honest-to-character people I've ever met in the radio business. In fact one time I told him a story about a fellow personality that he knew and how they had helped me land a gig and a few days later that person said Tom called them up and relayed the story and told them they were awesome to do that for another jock and he just wanted to personally thank them. Who would of thought that a two minute story from a remote would stick in his mind like that?
A couple of years ago, it was Shotgun Tom who helped spearhead the campaign to bring a KCBQ momument to the old transmitter and studio site in Santee.Not many legendary but now lost stations can garner the same recognition. Anyone who has driven by the Lowe's/Kohl's in Santee in the past five years would never have know what greatness existed there once upon a time. Now, it stands in the concrete to be memorialized for all time - thank you Shotgun! You deserve the star so that your name can do the same.
Hello Mr. Johnston,
Mr. Kelly's first application was in May of 2010, the same application was also good for 2011. A new application was submitted in May of 2012. Understand?
KEARTH and Mr. Kelly are hoping to get his ceremony on the schedule for sometime in 2013 and they completely understand there is a scheduling process involved with The City of L.A., not to mention other professional and personal scheduling concerns. Tom's son is currently in the Navy and stationed overseas, I'm sure having his son in attendance is one of his top priorities with concern to the schedule.
Yo SageOfSantee, You may want to check your facts before you belly up to the keyboard. Don Steele had gone to KEARTH management and told them the only guy who he could imagine sitting in his chair besides him would be Shotgun Tom Kelly. The programmer was Mike Phillips and he contacted Tom specifically with respect to Don's wishes. Don passed away in August of 1997, Tom was hired just a few short weeks later, and started on KEARTH in mid-September of 1997. KEARTH management applied for a star for Tom for the first time in May of 2010. It's only been 2 years, so I'm not sure what you mean by "lobbied hard for years". Others apply, and re-apply for 5 years, and much longer before they either receive their star, or give up. As for the $30,000 price tag. It's true, no check, no star. Everybody gets 5 years to "fund" their star and have their ceremony scheduled. Just this past year, Adam West with much help from KROQ held "Friend-Raisers" to help him raise the money for his star, because without the money....he wouldn't have his star. It's about the money.
Wow, I'm stunned by the outrageous comments, un-reasonable comparisons, and complete misunderstanding of how Mr. Kelly, or anybody, gets a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame. It's unrealistic to compare Mr. Kelly with Happy Hare or Gabe Wisdom, or any of the others, to one another. Many were on different stations with different formats and programmers, sometimes in different decades, not to mention they all have/had completely different styles and personalities. To compare what Mr. Kelly does in 2012, to what Gabe Wisdom was doing in the 70's and 80's, to what Happy Hare was doing in the 60's just doesn't make any sense. And quite frankly, if there was a San Diego Radio Hall of Fame, the guys listed would make sure Mr. Kelly was included with them. Also, please keep in mind, The Real Don Steele personally selected Mr. Kelly as his replacement if he were ever unable to perform. Shamelessly "begging"? Not really. Mr. Kelly went through the process just like any of the others who are on the list of star recipients. It's not a perfect science when it comes to who does, or who doesn't get a star. There is quite a bit of networking involved, a lengthly application process, and there are both Local and International recipients of stars. Trust me, nobody who gets a star is surprised by it, they or somebody on their behalf submitted an application, and many of this years recipients have submitted applications for several years. Very few are selected on their first application. One thing is for sure, it doesn't matter who you are....if there's not a check for $30,000.00, there won't be a star. And every year there are those on the star recipients list that appear less deserving than others, or appear to be completely overlooked. Many star presentation ceremonies are scheduled as part of a new CD release, Movie, or TV show promotion. Maybe that's how Shrek got on the list? Mr. Kelly's broadcast career spans more than 40 years, including KEARTH for 15 consecutive years and counting. Not too many other broadcasters can put up those kind of numbers. In closing, Mr. Kelly applied just like all the others, and the Hollywood Chamber made their choices.
Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
Ken Harrison 10:30 a.m., May 24
Daniel Powell 9:34 a.m., May 24
Don Bauder 7:30 a.m., May 24
Garrett Harris 8 p.m., May 23
Carrie O'Connell noon, May 23
Walter Mencken 9 a.m., May 23
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