By Sarah Carroll

Tom Kelly, a local legend here in SoCal, passed away Monday from cancer at the age of 88.

Kelly was the voice of USC football and basketball for five decades. During his tenure, he witnessed five national football championships, five Heisman Trophy winners, and 92 first team All-American footballers.

He began doing play-by-play announcing for the university in 1961 and later went on to be a sportscaster for KNX-AM and KCBS-TV, sports director for KTTV-TV, play-by-play announcer for the San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and the USFL’s Los Angeles Express.


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