Ex-USC Broadcaster Tom Kelly Honored By L.A. County Board Of Supervisors
May 9, 2007
Former long-time USC radio and television announcer Tom Kelly was presented with a scroll in recognition of his 5-decade career by Supervisor Mike Antonovich (5th District) at the May 8 meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
A replay of the board meeting can be seen on KLCS at 10 p.m. on May 9.
Joining Kelly at the presentation were his wife, Danuska, and his daughter, Kathy.
Kelly was the voice of USC athletics starting in 1961. He broadcast Trojan football and men's basketball games on radio or television almost yearly until 2003. He currently calls various sporting events for FSN.
The dean of Southern California football broadcasters, he described the action of 5 USC national championship football teams, 5 Heisman Trophy winners and 92 first team All-American footballers. He also was the executive producer/host/narrator of the Trojan Video Gold series, highlighting the history of USC football.
In his career, he has done play-by-play for just about every sport imaginable and has won numerous awards, including 4 Golden Mikes, 2 AP and UPI California Sportscaster of the Year trophies, and an Emmy.
After getting injured while playing football at Northland College in Ashland, Wis., he helped with the school's radio broadcasts. His broadcasting career continued in Duluth, Minn., Des Moines, Ia., and then Peoria, Ill., before coming to Los Angeles. Locally, he was a sportscaster for KNX-AM and KCBS-TV, sports director for KTTV-TV (from 1966 to 1972), did play-by-play for the San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and the USFL's Los Angeles Express, and also worked for CBS Radio and ESPN.
He is a member of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the USC Athletic Hall of Fame.