ALL PHOTOS: JoMo for Art Laboe
Pictured above clockwise from top left:
Shotgun Tom Kelly with Art Laboe / Shotgun with Stevie Wonder / Shotgun's Star on Walk of Fame / Bevely Pink Wolf, Stevie Wonder, Shotgun and Gloria Pink
CONGRATULATIONS to my good friend and fellow broadcaster SHOTGUN TOM KELLY on being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is always a happy guy, but on Tuesday, April 30th Shotgun was beaming and the happiest we've seen him. It was great to be in attendance, with his family, friends, fans and other distinguished guests, as Shotgun received his star. The after party was held at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum and the legendary Pink's Hotdogs were served.
Pictured above clockwise from top left: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO LERON GUBLER was the Emcee of the event / great to see STEVIE WONDER after all these years, he was a guest speaker / talked to MICHAEL DAMIAN of The Young and the Restless about his family in radio / Hollywood Walk of Fame photographer BOB FREEMAN mentioned he was working on a documentary about Johnny Grant, the honorary Mayor of Hollywood till he passed in 2008 / finally met Commander CHUCK STREET, the newest President of the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters and longtime news and traffic reporter / reminisced about the early days with JOHNNY MATHIS
Pictured above L to R: City of Los Angeles Councilmember that rocks TOM LABONGE / screen and voice actor CHUCK McCANN is always "cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs"
Fans that arrived early received a Shotgun signature ranger hat and Star pin, the ceremony kicked off with a performance from the Hollywood High School Band at the back of the crowd
Shotgun gave his speech from the podium (we believe that's a photo of Johnny Grant next to the microphone) and from the City of Los Angeles Shotgun received a proclamation and the traditional pumpkin bread baked by the nuns at the Hollywood Monastery of the Angels.
A lot of Shotgun's fans (of all ages) are also Art Laboe fans....it was a pleasure meeting you all and taking photos.
After 40 years in radio, your dedication has paid off Shotgun..."you better believe it baby"...and now we get to walk all over you. His star is located at 7080 Hollywood Blvd at La Brea Ave. On the WalkofFame.com website, you can watch Shotgun's and other past ceremonies and read about the upcoming ceremony of the next honoree Steve Harvey (5/13 free and open to the public), click here
Once again, congratulations
SHOTGUN TOM KELLY on your dream realized
and an honor well deserved....