Tom Kelly: 1927-2016

Tom Kelly, right, at the Southern California Sports Broadcasters 2014 Awards Luncheon, with current USC broadcaster Pete Arbogast.

Tom Kelly, right, at the Southern California Sports Broadcasters 2013 Awards Luncheon, with current USC broadcaster Pete Arbogast.

Tom Kelly, the signature voice of USC sports starting in the early 1960s and spanning five decades, died Monday morning at his home in Encino after a long battle with cancer.
Kelly died two days before his 89th birthday Wednesday.
“He was one of the most inspirational broadcasters to me personally that I have ever met,” said Chris Roberts, the recently retired voice of UCLA sports after 23 years and current president of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters group.
“He was always encouraging and positive.  He used to say, ‘Hang in there, kid.'”
More at this link.
Also:
51O7LXCFJkL== The 2007 book we did with Kelly on his life in broadcasting, updated in 2012.
== Our interview with him early in 2007 about why he was no longer calling USC games.

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email
  • Your style is unique compared to other folks
    I’ve read stuff from. Many thanks for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I’ll just
    book mark this web site.