I started listening to Kid Kelly on Z-100 when I was in High School.
His show was fantastic. It was a big party. Little did I know that it was just Kid Kelly and one other guy (Tom) in a tiny studio in the swamps of Secaucus, New Jersey.
I called in every night to request a song for the nightly countdown. He must have liked me because he used me night after night. He actually had me change my name and location so people wouldn’t realize it was this same kid again.
He made me want to become a Disc Jockey. He quickly corrected me. “Anyone can be a disc jockey. I’m an air personality.” Kid was right. There was no one out there like him.
Kid was the number one show in New York City. He was the highest paid air personality in New York City…the number one market.
He was the hardest working man in radio.
Kid soon had a syndicated radio show Backtrax USA which could be heard around the world. He explained to me that he put “USA” because other countries love American entertainment.
I never went into radio. Never became an Air Personality. We’ve kept in touch over the years. He’s a nice guy and always willing to offer advice.
Kid Kelly has been nominated for the Radio Hall of Fame. Voting starts June 4th. It’s a fan vote so let’s all vote.
To sweeten the pot he’s offering a $5k prize.