While you might have heard him on the airwaves already as part of “The Jellyman Hour,” (self-proclaimed) local legend and longtime Canyon Country (i.e. Sand Canyon) resident Jesse McClure is making his morning home at KHTS AM-1220’s studios — if for no other reason than he’s got no place else to go.
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McClure, a presence whose wit, willingness to self-deprecate and general Canyon Country-ness have filled the halls of KHTS with smiles and laughs for several months now, is being welcomed on air with the launch of “Jesse and the Jellyman.”
The show airs from 9-10 a.m. on weekdays.
While Jellings has been a staple of the morning drive for KHTS AM-1220 listeners for dozens of weeks, it was McClure’s insistent begging that “Jesse and the Jellyman” sounded better than “The Jellyman and his sidekick, Jesse McClure not to be confused with Jessica McClure, the girl who fell into a well in 1984,” which brought about the title of the show.
After a brief threat of a walk out, Jellings acquiesced to his childhood buddy’s demand.
The pair attended the same schools from kindergarten to grade 12, and both graduated Canyon High in 2004.
“We’re like two pods in a pea or like two tarts popping,” McClure said, describing his on-again, off-again in-studio bromance with Jellings.
McClure, of the Santa Clarita McClures, considers himself as a proud Canyon Country product, having (for the most part) graduated from Pinetree Elementary, La Mesa Junior High and then Canyon High School, where social promotion set him up for a stint at the institution fondly known (to Jesse) as the “Harvard of the Hills,” the Santa Clarita Valley’s beloved College of the Canyons.
In preparation for McClure’s birthright, his inheritance of the longtime family-owned Country Antique Fair Mall, he said he rambled his way down the academic path more traveled.
“I did what 99 percent of everyone else here does,” McClure said. “I did two semesters at COC and then got a job.”
He then embarked on a path to television stardom, and when that failed to pan out, he took his experience at the family business and landed a role on “Storage Hunters” a show that will begin airing its next season on TruTV on Nov. 5.
McClure, who lives in Canyon Country with his wife, Ashley, describes himself as “an avid Kings fan, and above avid ‘Golden Girls’ fan,” and said he looks forward to broadening his broadcasting horizons and enjoying all the perks that come with his level of local celebre.
“I embrace my fan base,” he said, describing it as “someone who frequents Walmart in a motorized shopping cart, the slightly overweight and over 50 crowd that watches too much TV.”
McClure also is anticipating his ability to advance this stature with an appearance at a Vendetta Pro Wrestling event in which the stars of “Operation Repo” will be teamed with wrestlers and pitted against the stars of “Storage Hunters” and their tag team.
“I was born and raised here, I live here,” McClure said, “and I’m probably going to die here in Canyon Country.”
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Source: Santa Clarita News