KLOS - 2016

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Longtime Voice of USC Sports, Tom Kelly Dies 

KELLY, Tom: KNX and KFI. Tom's signature assignment came when he began covering USC football and men's basketball in 1961. In his 35 years with the Trojans, he described the moves of four Heisman Trophy winners and recounted the exploits of five national championship football teams. For his dedication, he was presented the Tommy Trojan award in 1987, the highest award given by the USC Athletic Department.

Tom began his broadcasting career in northern Wisconsin at a small 250-watt station where he "did everything." He worked at KTTV/Channel 11 and KNXT/Channel 2 for five-year stints at each tv station as a sports reporter. From 1976 to 1982 he called play-by-play for the San Diego Chargers. He's called the action for the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. He telecast 23 bowl games including 16 Rose Bowls.

Born in Minneapolis, Tom graduated in 1951 from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He died June 27, 2016, at the age of 88, after a long battle with cancer. Kelly died two days before his 89th birthday.

Kelly came to Los Angeles to join Chick Hearn on USC football and basketball for the 1961-62 season at KNX radio. When Hearn left the next year to start broadcasting the newly relocated Lakers, Kelly began a Southern California broadcasting career that included calling five USC national championship football seasons from John McKay to Pete Carroll. Kelly’s booming voice that rose to the level of the action was also heard in Los Angeles on pro football, NBA, boxing and golf.

He won five Golden Mike Awards and the California Sportscaster of the Year by both the AP and UPI three times.

Kelly was the original voice of the Prime Ticket all-sports cable channel when it launched in 1985 prior to becoming Fox Sports West. Kelly was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2005. After he was injured while playing football at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, he helped with the school’s radio broadcasts. His broadcasting career continued in Duluth, Minnesota, Des Moines, Iowa, and then Peoria, Illinois. “The Lord blessed me with a voice that isn’t objectionable to listeners, is recognizable by many and has the ability to stand before people,” Kelly said in his 2007 biography.

“I hope I didn’t alienate anyone down the line, but I loved doing what I did and loved broadcasting for the team I covered. “It has been an unbelievable career … there’s no rhyme or reason how I managed to remain the Voice of the Trojans except luck and good fortune. … I don’t know how I qualified but I’m thankful. I enjoyed every moment and realize I was one of the fortunate ones.” (portions of this obit are from Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News)

Morning Has Broken - Top 5 + Top 25 EL
May '16 6a-10a

Persons 12+

1. Omar y Amelia (KLVE)

2. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)

3. Bill Handel (KFI)

    Ellen K (KOST)

5. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

     Valentine (KBIG) 


7. Gary Bryan (KRTH)

7. (tie) Pat Prescott (KTWV)

9. Vicky Moore/Dick Helton (KNX)

12. Big Boy (KRRL)

14. JACK/fm (KCBS)

15. Woody Show (KYSR)

17. Carson Daly (KAMP)

17. (tie) Heidi & Frank (KLOS)

19. Mark Thompson (100.3/The Sound)

19. (tie) KPCC

22. J Cruz (KPWR)

23. Graham Bunn (KKGO)

25. Steve Harvey (KJLH)

Persons 18-34

1. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)

2. Woody Show (KYSR)

3. Omar y Amelia (KLVE)

4. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

5. El Show del Mandril (KXOS)

6. Big Boy (KRRL)

7. Carson Daly (KAMP)

8. Valentine (MY/fm)

11. J Cruz (KPWR)

12. Ellen K (KOST)

12. (tie) Heidi & Frank (KLOS)

15. Pat Prescott (KTWV)

17. JACK/fm (KCBS)

18. Gary Bryan (KRTH)

21. KPCC

24. Graham Bunn (KGGO)

25. Mark Thompson (100.3/The Sound)

Persons 25-54

1. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

    Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)

3. Omar y Amelia (KLVE)

4. Valentine (KBIG)

    El Show de Mandril (KXOS)

6. Woody Show (KYSR)

7. Gary Bryan (KRTH)

8. Big Boy (KRRL)

12. Pat Prescott (KTWV)

12. (tie) JACK/fm (KCBS)

14. Ellen K (KOST)

15. Heidi & Frank (KLOS)

16. Carson Daly (KAMP)

18. Bill Handel (KFI)

19. KPCC

20. Mark Thompson (100.3/The Sound)

21. J Cruz (KPWR)

22. Vicky Moore/Dick Helton (KNX)

22. (tie) Graham Bunn (KKGO)

KOSTING the Night Away

(June 7-8, 2016) AC KOST remains #1 in the just released May '16 Monthly PPM 6+ Mon-Sun, 6a-12mid:

1. KOST (AC) 5.3 - 5.4

2. KBIG (Hot AC) 4.8 - 5.1

3. KIIS (Top 40/M) 5.1 - 4.9

4. KTWV (Urban AC) 4.4 - 4.7

5. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.9 - 4.6

6. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.6 - 3.8

7. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.5 - 3.6

     KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.4 - 3.6

9. KYSR (Alternative) 3.2 - 3.3

10. KNX (News) 3.1 - 3.2

11. KAMP (Top 40/M) 3.3 - 3.1

       KRRL (Urban) 3.2 - 3.1 

13. KFI (Talk) 3.2 - 3.0

14. KROQ (Alternative) 3.1 - 2.9

15. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.4 - 2.6

      KPWR (Top 40/R) 2.6 - 2.6

17. KSWD (Classic Rock) 2.4 - 2.5

18. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 2.5 - 2.2

      KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.3 - 2.2

20. KKGO (Country) 2.2 - 2.1

21. KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.0 - 2.0

       KXOS ( Regional Mexican) 2.1 - 2.0

23. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.6 - 1.8

24. KXOL (Spanish AC) 1.9 - 1.7

25. KCRW (Variety) 1.8 - 1.6

      KPCC (News/Talk) 1.4 - 1.6

27. KUSC (Classical) 1.7 - 1.5

28. KJLH (Urban AC) 1.2 - 1.3

29. KLAC (Sports) 1.0 - 1.2

      KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 1.2 - 1.2

31. KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.1 - 1.0

32. KRLA (Talk) 1.0 - 0.9

      KSPN (Sports) 0.9 - 0.9

34. KKJZ (Jazz) 0.7 - 0.8

35. KABC (Talk) 0.7 - 0.7

      KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.7 - 0.7

      KSSE (Spanish Contemporary) 0.6 - 0.7

38. KEIB (Talk) 0.5 - 0.4

      KLAA (Sports) 0.4 - 0.4

40. KTNQ (Spanish Talk) 0.2 - 0.3

41. KKLA (Religious) 0.2 - 0.2



2016 News

Compiled and Written by Don Barrett

About the Publisher of LARadio.com, Don Barrett

As publisher of LARadio.com, Don Barrett chronicles radio news and lists 6,000 people in Los Angeles who work or have worked in radio in the past 50 years. Barrett is a historian of contemporary Los Angeles radio history and author of Los Angeles Radio People, published in 1994. He published a second volume of the book a year later, along with the launch of a daily website column.

In 2013, he was the radio columnist for the Orange County Register.

Barrett's Southern California roots (Santa Monica) include a bachelor's degree from Chapman University. He also earned a master's in psychology. He spent 10 years in radio working as a disc jockey, program director and general manager (W4-Detroit and WDRQ-Detroit).

He launched KIQQ (K-100) Los Angeles in the early 1970s.

In the mid-1970s Don joined the motion picture business, working as a marketing executive at Columbia, Universal, and MGM/UA.

Barrett was part of the marketing team that released E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Back to the Future, Thelma and Louise, Rocky and James Bond movies. He also represented a number of films at the Cannes Film Festival.

He was the first recipient of TALKERS Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award. Don has been honored with an honorary Golden Mike and Special Recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists. 

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