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Sean "Hollywood" Hamilton is an American radio personality. He is the host of the Weekend Top 30 Countdown and the Remix Top 30 Countdown heard in numerous cities in the United States and throughout the world on The Premiere Networks. He is also on air weekday afternoons on WKTU in New York City. This fact makes him now one of the most listened to (music) radio personalities in the country according to PPM Arbitron, published in "Inside Radio" in 2009.
Hamilton was born and raised in both Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada. Both his parents were in show business; his father, Al, was the entertainment director for major Nevada hotels and casinos, and also a comedian who performed in those establishments. Hamilton's mother, April Ames, was a singer for Harry James, Sam Donahue, Buddy Rich, and others during the "big band" era. She also made appearances the Johnny Carson show.
Hamilton got the nickname "Hollywood" when he was nine years old. Sitting backstage watching his father's Las Vegas show while wearing a suit and bow tie, one of his father's showgirls passed and called him "Little Hollywood."
While still in high school Hamilton landed his first job in commercial radio after gaining recognition from a (illegal) pirate radio station, broadcasting from his home in Reno Nevada. After weeks of complaints from local commercial radio stations the Federal Communication Commission issued a formal cease and desist. It wasn't until then, that Hamilton's parents even knew of such an operation their son was operating.
In 1990 actor Christian Slater studied the role of playing a DJ for the motion picture Pump Up the Volume under the tutelage of then friend Hamilton. At the time Hamilton was hosting a night shift at KIIS-FM in Los Angeles. Because the film closely resembles the early career of Sean Hamilton there has been much speculation that the film was loosely based on Hamilton's start in broadcasting before he started professionally.
After spending only a year broadcasting in his hometown, Hamilton decided to hit the road hoping to achieve the big time. After three years of traveling and working for a couple small market radio stations, he ended up in a small town in central New Jersey called Long Branch. In 1983 while broadcasting one night, his big break came when a then famous radio executive Scott Shannon heard Sean on the air. Upon Shannon's arrival at his destination Sean was immediately offered a job to be part of creating and premiering what is now the largest and most influential radio station in the world today, New York's WHTZ/Z-100. At just 20 years old and only four years after building his small pirate radio station in Reno, Nevada, he was now on the air at Z-100 in New York City. Hamilton acquired a huge fan base and great ratings during the five years he was on Z-100.
While working on his first commercial radio station, KCBN in Reno Nevada, Hamilton created the popular radio show called Lovelines. Shortly after being hired at Z-100 in New York Hamilton resurrected the show and called it "Hollywood Hamilton's Midnight Lovelines", which offered medical and relationship advice to listeners, often with the assistance of guests, including actors and members of popular bands. After the show became a huge hit in New York, Hamilton signed the rights over to the Westwood One Radio Network for an undisclosed financial amount, stopped hosting it and moved to Los Angeles. The name was then changed from "Lovelines" to "Loveline" and Hamilton's creation was quickly imitated on radio stations throughout America. KROQ and Dr. Drew Pinksy in Los Angeles gained the most notoriety with the program.
After making a name for himself in the business and in New York City, Hamilton was asked to join Rick Dees in Los Angeles powerhouse Top 40 station 102.7 KIIS-FM where Hamilton spent seven years on air. While at KIIS-FM he produced and hosted the Sunday night live satellite radio show from Disneyland called "Hangin' with Hollywood." The four hour show featured interviews with music, television and motion picture celebrities on the Tomorrowland main stage. This live radio show quickly became a Disney attraction for tourists who could watch celebrities being interviewed and participate by being "guest DJs", introducing the music on the air. Hamilton remains an honorary citizen of Disneyland, an accolade that Mickey and friends personally presented to him.
In 1996, Clear Channel convinced Hamilton to relocate back to New York City to host a show for their WKTU evening slot. Hamilton brought a sidekick/comedian along by the name of Goumba Johnny, their chemistry earned them top ratings consistently for two years. Because of their overwhelming success, in September 2006 Clear Channel decided to promote the duo to WKTU's afternoon drive.
In April 2009, Clear Channel hand picked Hamilton to become the afternoon drive host on KBIG-FM, known as 104.3 MYfm in Los Angeles. He was Clear Channel's only "music" radio personality to have an afternoon show broadcasting simultaneously in both New York and Los Angeles, Monday through Friday. Although Hamilton was live on WKTU on the east coast, his show was prerecorded three hours prior to airing at three PM on the west coast. This method of pre-recording a broadcast shift is called "tracking." In January 2011 Hamilton resigned his west coast "tracking" duties for MYfm because of personal fatigue and time restraints.
In December of 2010, with the departure of sidekick Goumba Johnny, Hamilton started hosting the afternoon drive-time show solo. Since then his show became the highest rated afternoon show in the New York metro area. It currently holds the highest rated share for all radio stations in New York. (8.2 share 25-54 demographic, according to the Arbitron PPM/Summer rating system).
On May 2, 2012 KTU announced that Sean ‘Hollywood' Hamilton had signed a new three year deal to extend his contract through 2015. In their press release it stated that Hamilton's show is currently rated the No.1 afternoon show by Arbitron's Portable People Meter (PPM) with adults ages 25-54. It goes on to mention his show features a segment called War of the Roses, weekdays at 5:40 p.m., helping KTU's 5:00 p.m. hour become the most listened to hour in New York City radio.
Hamilton is currently the executive producer of three syndicated radio shows in association with the Premiere Networks. Going into its fifteenth year of syndication are "The Weekend Top 30 with Hollywood Hamilton," (mainstream/pop), "The Weekend Top 30 with Ramiro," (rhythm-urban hosted by Ramiro Torres,) and another Hamilton hosted program, "The Remix Top 30," a Friday and Saturday night dance show that features club deejays remixing the top hits of the week featuring celebrity guests.
On January 28, 2013, Hamilton signed a new deal with Premiere Networks that brings his syndicated countdown shows into the Premiere syndication stable beginning February 1, 2013. In addition, his shows will also be featured on the iHeartRadio platform, which is owned by Premiere's parent company (and Hamilton's employer) Clear Channel Communications.
Hamilton has been the spokesman and spokesperson for companies including Sprint Nextel, Doritos, M&Ms, Levi Strauss & Co., Pepsi and 5-Hour Energy. On his off time away from the radio industry, Hamilton's production company, Mischief Media Entertainment, has directed and produced television pilots for Telepictures, Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox and most recently two half hour pilots for Court TV titled 29 Minutes & Counting.
On March 22, 2010 Sean Hamilton signed a deal with Reel Stuff Entertainment to host and produce a new syndicated television show called "Europe After Dark", distribution is Europe and Canada. This "travel destination" series will take its viewers to the hottest nightclubs and tourist spots throughout Europe. Shooting began in Ibiza, Spain July 5 and then continuing on to Amsterdam, Bucharest, Mamaia, Athens, Mykonos, Prague, Berlin, Hamburg, Budapest, Croatia, Belgrade, Paris finishing up in Rome.
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