Monday, February 11, 2008

The End Of The Todd Kelly Story

Posted here, because of his tenuous connection to Northeast Ohio radio...

Former WDJX/Louisville KY personality and promotions guy Todd Kelly (Todd Smith) has been sentenced for defrauding listeners and donators by faking ALS, otherwise known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease".

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that Smith has been sentenced to 15 years on state charges, which will be reduced to 5 years if he pays back some 74 thousand dollars in restitution, with interest. He'd already been sentenced to 84 months in prison on federal fraud charges.

Quoting the C-J article by staff writer Jason Riley:

"I deceived the good people of this Louisville community," said Smith during his sentencing in Jefferson Circuit Court.

Reading from a prepared statement, Smith, said he was "truly sorry" and asked to be given a chance to "right the wrong I did," promising to repay the money he took. "Hopefully the Louisville community will one day give me a second chance so I can start to make things right," he said.

OMW actually became involved in this, along with other radio trade media sources, when D.A. Peterson top 40 WZKL/92.5 "Q92" in the Canton market announced they'd hired Kelly/Smith as a promotions director - apparently unaware that he was heading for a lengthy term behind bars.

As such, he'd probably only be eligible for a job on a prison radio station...


yekimi said...

Is this the big announcement? I8 it is......ehhhh, not so big after all.

yekimi said...

Is this the big announcement? If it is......ehhhh, not so big after all.