September 10, 1938: Broadcaster David Hamilton born

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David Hamilton (1938-)

David Hamilton is a British radio presenter. Since his broadcasting career began in 1959, Hamilton has hosted over 12,000 radio shows and more than 1,000 TV shows. He is usually known as ‘Diddy David Hamilton’ which was a name given to him by the late British comedian Ken Dodd.

In 1960 he became an in-vision television announcer for ABC TV (Associated British Corporation) based in Didsbury, Manchester and appeared with Ken Dodd in the TV series, Doddy’s Music Box, acquiring the nickname, ‘Diddy’. Throughout the 1960s he hosted shows for the ITV franchises Tyne Tees, Anglia and Westward.

He hosted The Beat Show on the BBC Light Programme between 1962 and 1965. He presented the final edition of Housewives’ Choice in 1967 and was first heard on Radio 1 in November 1967, presenting Family Choice.

He joined the then new Thames Television as an announcer in 1968, subsequently hosting many shows for them including Miss TV Times, TV Times Gala Awards, The World Disco Dance Championships, as well as many outside broadcasts, circus and sports shows.

In 1973 Hamilton was offered his own daily show on Radio 1 every weekday afternoon. A regular feature was his “Tea at Three” slot which used as its jingle based on the 1961 version (by the Syncopators) of Jack Buchanan’s 1935 hit “Everything Stops For Tea” recorded for the show by Mud. In December 1977, the show moved to Radio 2 and remained there until the end of 1986 when Hamilton quit the station, complaining of its ‘geriatric’ music policy.

For BBC TV he hosted Top of the Pops and Seaside Special and the Eurovision Song Contest Previews in 1986. Hamilton also hosted four series of ITV’s hangman-style game show, All Clued Up (1988-1991).

He joined Capital Gold in November 1988 to present its daily 10 am to 1 pm show.

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