Talent: KEITH HAMPSHIRE
Station: CKFH Toronto
Date: March 7, 1968
Before he made the hits, Keith Hampshire played the hits.
Hampshire, who dominated the charts in the
1970s with hits like Daytime, Night-time, Big Time Operator and
The First Cut is the Deepest, was a disc jockey before becoming a pop music star.
"Keefers", as he was nicknamed, got his radio start at CFCN Calgary in 1964. The English-born Hampshire joined the off-shore pirate broadcaster Radio Caroline in 1966, leaving when the station closed in the summer of 1967. By early 1968, Hampshire was at CKFH, which was battling CHUM for Top 40 ears in Toronto.
Hampshire left CKFH in 1970 for a career that saw him become a recording artist, jingle singer, TV host, voice artist, A&R (artists and repertoire) man and a songwriter among many other things. It was Hampshire who in 1983 wrote the iconic OK, Blue Jays theme, for which he won a Gold Record.
Enjoy Keith Hampshire
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