kid kelly

Kid Kelly grew up in Brooklyn, New York where he started his radio career in 1983.  He earned just $130 dollars a month, so he slept in a 1970 Chevy Nova he bought for $200 and subsisted on unsold chicken wings from KFC that he got for 25 cents.  

Kelly enjoyed success at WKSE-FM Buffalo where he dominated evenings with unprecedented ratings. He then spent more than a decade at Top 40 powerhouse, WHTZ-FM Z100 New York. During the 1980s, he was the most listened to night jock in America.  Proving to be just as talented off mic, he programmed and did mornings at Hot 97 WBHT-FM in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, putting that station on the map. He then returned to Z100 New York and became the Operations Manager in 1998. 

Additionally, Kelly created and still hosts the first weekly nationally syndicated 80s radio program BACKTRAX USA.  It airs on more than 300 stations worldwide.  With the successful formula, Kelly launched another first-of-its-kind, BACKTRAX USA the 90s, which airs on more than 150 stations nationwide.  

Today, the multiple Billboard Award winning personality continues to shape radio history as he reigns as the afternoon host on SiriusXM Hits 1 and serves as Vice President of Music Programming for the Pop Format.