Talking with Shotgun
“Shotgun” Tom Kelly, transplanted San Diego DJ who made Los Angeles his radio home for almost two decades on KRTH (101.1 FM), will returns to the airwaves for The Shotgun Tom Kelly Friday Night Special on KABC (790 AM) April 7, from 8 – 10 p.m.
I grew up listening to Shotgun on legendary San Diego top-40 stations KCBQ (1070 AM), B-100 (KFMB, 100.7 FM) and others, as the stations came in almost as strong as locals at my house in San Pedro back in the 1970s.
His high energy on-air presentation and thorough professionalism helped him to follow “The Real Don Steele” — no one “replaces” a legend, Kelly told me as he took over Steele’s former afternoon KRTH shift — after Steele died too young in 1997.
Kelly was mum on what the KABC show would feature, but he is a great story-teller, so I expect it to be entertaining and perhaps give a glimpse into his long career in radio and television. For now it is a one-time special, but if it goes well … you never know.
Steve Mittman, who also grew up in San Pedro during the 1970s (San Pedro High class of 1975, he says), was also a big fan of San Diego top-40. “B-100 from San Diego — which, as you know, bombed in loud and clear in San Pedro,
had a milestone this week. He writes,
“40 years ago today, B-100 was #1 in San Diego, and they were the first major market FM station to become #1. Prior to becoming B-100, KFMB-FM was a beautiful music station, rated 23 in a market with 25 stations.”
Pala Rez Radio (KOPA, 91.3 FM), owned and operated by the Pala Band of Mission Indians for the benefit of the Pala Reservation and all of inland North County, spent last weekend playing airchecks of B-100 from its top-40 heydays. Included during the weekend was a reunion of many of the great B-100 jocks of the era.
While Pala Rez Radio serves the reservation primarily, it offers some appealing program you can hear via online listening. More reggae than any other station in Southern California, old time radio, and recordings of Wolfman Jack. Head over to http://www.palatribe.com/pala-radio to check it out.
You voted Mimi Chen’s Peace Love and Sunday Mornings the best weekend show, as reported in last week’s Waggies awards column. Then I botched the name by calling it “Peace Love and Understanding,” a song which coincidentally is still stuck in my heard a week after making my mistake.
Anyway, the title of the show is indeed Peace, Love and Sunday Mornings.” A big thank you to Katy Simon for pointing out my mistake.
40 years ago today, B-100 was #1 in San Diego, and they were the first major market FM station to become #1. Prior to becoming B-100, KFMB-FM was a beautiful music station, rated 23 in a market with 25 stations.
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“And the Sound’s Sunday night show with Mark Thompson and his interesting music info series. Keep up the good work.” — Thomas Rubio