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The Jim Hampton Collection

Jim Hampton has had a significant career in Radio Broadcasting, including on-air stints in Detroit, Chicago, Tokyo, and China. His expertise includes Network Programming and Syndication, Integrated Marketing and Promotion, and the design and launch of major web portals.

Hampton is respected as an idea man. He creates out-of-the-box marketing concepts and brings them to reality. The combination of these big ideas with his innovative approach to marketing and implementation has equaled success for many clients.

As a teenager, Hampton was the youngest radio DJ hired by ABC at WXYZ/Detroit. From 1969 to 1970, Jim served as Production Manager at WCAR in the Motor City, and he also worked at WABX and WJBK. From 1970 to 1972, Jim was Production Manager at WLS in Chicago.

Jim produced over 1000 radio specials which aired around the world, and has interviewed almost every major music star of the 60's, 70's & 80's. Specials produced by Hampton for ABC include The Elton John Story, The Beach Boys, The Bob Seger Story, The Eagles, The John Lennon Story, Michael Jackson, ELO, Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons, and Super 70's.

Jim Hampton has also produced radio specials for CBS, RKO, FM TOKYO, RADIO SHANGHAI and the BBC. He created the first 24-hour voice-tracked format, "Big Country", co-hosted American Top 40 with Casey Kasem in Japan, and developed MasterCard's most successful College/youth program.

A winner of Aegis and Telly Awards, and CEO of Greenhouse Marketing Group, Jim resides in the Los Angeles area.

Greenhouse is a marketing and sponsorship sales company that represents The City of Beverly Hills, The Museum of Latin American Art, the LA Art Show and the LA Latin Film Festival, among other organizations, events and broadcast properties.

About this Collection, Jim writes, "I hope you enjoy this as much as I have enjoyed putting it together."

The Repository thanks Jim Hampton for sharing!

[Descriptions by Jim Hampton]

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Jim Taylor Hampton with Stevie Wonder,
WAMM Flint MI 1965

. . . most definitely fantabulous . . .

Play Scoped This Exhibit 'SCOPED (26:34)

Talk about memorable moments!

I was very young (19) in 1965 and just starting out as a disc jockey. Stevie Wonder, who was still "Little Stevie Wonder," came to Flint and together we co-DJ'd this show.

You will hear him being a great DJ, playing his harmonica with all the hits, singing, plus guests Diana Ross, Mary and Flo of The Supremes call in.

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Jim Hampton, WXYZ Detroit, MI 1967 (12:07)

. . . with studios in Broadcast House . . .

[Description by contributor Jim Hampton]

My first big radio job in 1966. I was 20 years old and got the chance of a lifetime. This is a scoped aircheck of one of the Solid Gold shows from 1967. You will hear a great Anita Kerr jingle package, some cigarette commercials, Howard Cosell, and some Chickenman.

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Jim Hampton Outrageous PSAs,
WCAR Detroit, WLS Chicago 1969-1971

. . . It's been centuries now since the earth was clouded, and shrouded, and stilled . . .

[Description by Jim Hampton]

Along with being a DJ, production was my thing. As Production Director of WCAR and WLS, I had a chance to re-define how PSA's would sound on the radio. You will hear some very innovative spots for their time (1969-1971). Some still hold up today.

Included: "W-Car Cares About Detroit" and "WLS Says A Lot For Chicago". You will hear Dave Prince, Joel Sebastian, Fred Winston, Chuck Williams, Gary Gears, and myself. Dave Prince was a great inspiration on many of these.

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What Is Radio Coming To - Chicago Radio Guild, 1971 (09:14)

. . . Hey! Wait a minute, that's a Food! . . .

[Description by Jim Hampton]

Gene Taylor, General Manager of WLS when I worked there, asked me to create a sound presentation because it was his turn to speak at the Chicago Broadcaster's Guild. So, I wrote and produced this presentation. Julius Zaccagnini (Zack), my engineer, mixed and assembled it, and Fred Winston and Joel Sebastian voiced it. Fred goes wild with all his crazy characters, a lot were adlib, as I recall. This exhibit includes classic performances from some of Chicago's greats.

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Jim Hampton Paul Anka ABC Spotlight Special (27:25)

. . . Paul Anka, the times of his life . . .

[Description by Jim Hampton]

In the late 80's, I flew to Big Sur and met Paul Anka in his home.

He took me into his music room, where he had the most beautiful Kawasaki Grand Piano. He sat at the piano, I turned on my Nagra tape recorder and we began one of the most memorable interviews I had ever done.

As I asked him questions about his songs, he proceeded to underscore his comments by playing on the piano, then singing, in what for me was a private concert. Wow! So I produced this special for the ABC Radio Network, featuring Don Bleu as the announcer.

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