Faded Sandpaper

Sharon Kelley

A lifelong Arizonan, Sharon attended ASU and worked at KAET-PBS while pursuing a degree in Radio-TV. In her junior year, she was awarded the NATAS Scholarship for Academic Excellence, presented at the Playboy Club on Central Avenue. She graduated with honors (B.A. Broadcasting) and after a brief time working in radio, landed a job at KPHO-TV5 as a Studio Camera Operator.

One of her first duties was working on Wallace & Ladmo — a show she grew up watching. Within a few years she was promoted to Video Switcher and in 1982, at the age of 30, became the first female Director at KPHO. She directed daily newscasts, commercials and a series of Arizona travel shows, as well as directing the daily Wallace & Ladmo Showuntil it went off the air in 1989. Sharon’s Producer/Director credits include the“Wallace & Ladmo 30thAnniversary Special”, the “35thAnniversarySpecial”, the “Final Show”and the two-hour LIVE special: “Ladmo Remembered.”

In 2000, Sharon won an Emmy for producing/writing/editing the “Wallace &Ladmo Tribute” hosted by Alice Cooper and in 2001, became a member of the NATAS Silver Circle. In 2003, Sharon became a certified AVID editor from SCC and later moved into the Creative Services wing of CBS5 to produce commercials until her retirement in April 2014. In October 2014, she was inducted into the Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame. She currently has a DJ shift at internet rock station Radio Free Phoenix (for fun!)

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