Year Inducted: 1974
Schools / Organizations: WMBD
Biography: Tom Kelly got his start in Peoria under the legendary Jack Brickhouse. Among the stations he worked for were WMBD and WEEK-TV. He was the play by play announcer for the Bradley Braves for many years before moving on to Los Angeles to become the full-time announcer for USC football and basketball. Tom was a great supporter of Illinois basketball and did the IHSA State Finals play by play from 1959-1987. Tom braodcast both the boys and girls tournaments. As a result of his announcing career, Tom was asked to appear in several movies. He accepted roles in Batman(1966); Against All Odds (1984); and The Fourth War (1990). Tom passed away on June 27, 2016, two days short of his 89th birthday. Tom’s excellance was also recognized by the IHSA in 2013.