Those of us who were fortunate to attend the Ogden Radio school in Southern California have fond memories that have remained with us through the years. One in particular stands out as the best, “The Pimple” put-down. Our thanks to Tom Irwin, class of 1969, who was more than happy to reenact Ogden's sarcastic “put down” delivered tongue-in-cheek while chain smoking Salem cigarettes and soothing his mouth with Parke-Davis throat lozenges. In the early 70’s Tom was the voice for the Rockin’ 136, KFIV jingle intros including things like “Come alive with K-5 and others. He also attended Ogden’s Radio School in Huntington Beach, CA. in 1969 where many lifetime friends were made, including several from the Modesto area.
Tom Irwin went on to be a famous Los Angles DJ and received a prestigious plague on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013. He is a two-time Emmy award winner, Billboard Air Personality of the Year winner and recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His radio name.....Shot Gun Kelly. Our museum President John Chappell (class of '69) bumped into Tom at an electronic convention in Las Vegas in 2018 and asked him to reenact the put-down. It is sure to bring back some fond memories of Bill and R.O.E.S.