M. G. Kelly

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Michael Gary Kelly (born 1952 in Ada, Oklahoma), known professionally as M. G. Kelly and Machine Gun Kelly, is an actor, disc jockey and radio personality. In addition to hosting several radio programs over the years, Kelly has held several acting roles as a disc jockey; also, he has served as an offstage announcer on two game shows.

His stage name is a reference to George "Machine Gun" Kelly, a notorious criminal.

Radio career[edit]

Kelly has hosted and produced several radio programs. Several are still airing on stations across the United States and Canada; production and distribution of his current shows went on a brief hiatus in the late 2000s but has since resumed. During the 1970s and '80s, Kelly enjoyed much success as the afternoon disc jockey on Los Angeles radio stations KHJ (AM), KTNQ, KOST and KODJ-FM.

Programs produced by Kelly include:

  • Live from the 60s (1986-93, reruns from 1993-96), hosted by "The Real Don Steele," a retrospective on the 1960s featuring 1960s music, distributed by Premiere Radio Networks
  • American Hit List (1998-present) similar to Live from the 60s except hosted by Kelly himself. This series featured a broader playlist stretching the 1950s to the 1970s, with a focus on 1964-73. Currently distributed by Compass Media Networks.
  • Back to the 70s (1998-2007, 2011-present). First 52 episodes hosted by Charlie Tuna, airing in reruns through 2007; subsequent revival (ca. 2011) hosted by Kelly himself and distributed by Compass.
  • The Amazing 80s (1998-present) hosted by Kelly, marketed as a direct competitor to Backtrax USA. Distributed by Compass.
  • Top 30 USA (1980s), AC Radio top 30 countdown (or as the show implies a CountUP show) hosted by Kelly and distributed by CBS Radio
  • Your Good Time Oldies Magazine (1992-95), co-hosted by Kelly and Charlie Tuna

Kelly rose to fame at 93KHJ radio in Los Angeles in the 1970s and worked in several other stations in the area.

Acting career[edit]

M. G. Kelly's acting career includes a typecast role as DJ "Bebe Jesus" in the 1976 Barbra Streisand version of A Star Is Born[1] and the role of Father John Voss in the Clint Eastwood movie The Enforcer,[1] as well as many television roles, including two CHiPs episodes from 1978 and the classic WKRP in Cincinnati "Fish Story" episode in 1979. He also provided the voice of the archvillian The Lightning Bug in the 1979 serial spoof J-Men Forever.

In addition to acting, Kelly served a short stint as announcer on the game show The Pop 'N Rocker Game, hosted by Jon Bauman. In late 1988, he took over as the announcer on Wheel of Fortune following the death of former announcer Jack Clark in mid-1988. Kelly announced both the daytime network version of the show and the nighttime, syndicated version hosted by Pat Sajak until March 1989. Kelly was succeeded by Charlie O'Donnell, the original announcer of the daytime version.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hall, Claude (29 October 1977). "Hip talking DJ finds L.A. means being able to crack the movies". Billboard. pp. 35, 38. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 

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Preceded by
Jack Clark
Announcer of Wheel of Fortune
August 8, 1988–February 17, 1989
Succeeded by
Charlie O'Donnell