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joined WPGC as one of the Money
in early 1976 when Tim
Kelly began doing mornings.
Evelyn Kelly today.
Evelyn Kellys Piece of
simple gift changed Evelyn Kellys life forever. In 1963
she received a transistor radio for Christmas, and to this day
she can remember vividly the "Top 63 of 63" flowing
from that tiny battery-powered box. Evelyn entered the radio business
through a combination of unforeseen circumstances. In high school
she worked at a steak house in Englewood, Colorado.
1972 she wanted a job change and a former restaurant customer
tipped her to a job at KTLK
/ Denver. Evelyn started as an assistant to the music director
and it was there that she met Tim
Kelly (one of the founders of Premiere Radio Networks). "I
fell madly in love with him." She and Tim went to Chicago.
Evelyn worked at WGCI and Tim was at WCFL. When the air staff
at WGCI went on strike, Ev recorded a few voice tracks, which
made her a scab. Tim received a death threat, she left the station
and Tim joined the picket lines in front of WGCI during a freezing
Chicago winter. Early in 1976 they went to WPGC. Two years later
Evelyn worked at WNSR and WRKO
/ Boston as Beverly Hudson.
they arrived in Southern California. She was Tim's sidekick
at KFI. In 1981 they worked morning drive at WAKY
/ Louisville. They returned to LA and she did weekends at KIIS.
For the next decade Evelyn worked on various countdown shows
at Premiere Radio. She handled the weekly interviews and co-wrote
the scripts for "Country Plain Rap Countdown." They
have two children. Tim and Evelyn certainly defied the difficult
odds of a married couple working together in the radio business.
did she leave Premiere? I wrote countdown shows until
about 1999, emailed Ev. Additionally, I've been
engaged in various volunteer activities. Since I had the opportunity
to do so, I chose to stay close to home and hearth until our
youngest child was out of high school. I think that Premiere
programming, in particular, Dr. Laura, may have influenced me
in this regard. As for Tim, Premiere was sold to Jacor in 1997,
who then sold it to Clear Channel. Tim remained with Premiere
throughout the Jacor period. He was a part of the Clear Channel
reality until early 2002."
is now in the world of real estate. It's a business I
have long been interested in. I was just starting to take classes
back in 1979 and then, John Rook hired me at KFI. It stayed
in the back of my mind, but a job in real estate - and holding
open houses on Saturdays and Sundays - would have greatly interfered
with so many of the activities our children took part in. Now
that our youngest is 18, this is now longer a problem.
hankering to get back into radio? Not consciously. Oddly
enough, I still have strange radio-oriented dreams of none
of the carts being labeled, and being panicked about it, etc.
And yes, (lol), I realize carts are a thing of the past!
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