Kelly is a graduate of Chabot Junior College in Hayward, California. After nearly 25 years in commercial radio, Kelly arrived in Redding and joined North State Public Radio first as a volunteer. He began covering Redding City Council meetings and other local events and was eventually hired as KFPR's Redding news reporter.
Kelly continues to volunteer for KIXE-TV in Redding. He's active in his church and is an avid Star Trek fan. Kelly’s son, Kelly Jr., also works in radio and is carrying on the legacy!