John decided he wanted to be in radio when he was seven years old. His radio career began in 1955 and has seen him on both sides of the microphone. He got his first jobs in Victoria and his native Vancouver, then on to Phoenix, San Diego and finally the Bay Area, where he worked at KPAT/KRE from 1965 to 1971.
John has been a travel and outdoor enthusiast all of his life and, in 1971, he left day-to-day radio to form a news bureau focusing on outdoor sports for 2,000 broadcast outlets. That same year he became a regular part of the KGO line up with up-to-the-minute reports directly from the slopes and other outdoor destinations. In 1987, he began hosting John Hamilton On-the-Go on KGO Radio.
During his years with KGO, he covered major stories including Pope John Paul’s visit, the Loma Prieta earthquake, and the East Bay fire. His network reporting includes the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Lake Placid and Sarajevo, plus many World Cup and professional ski races.
In 1999, John sold his company, AMI News (producer of on-the-snow.com and other outdoor radio features), to Mountain News Corporation (now owned by Vail Resorts) and turned his full professional associations to KGO. He has won many broadcasting awards from professional associations including California Outdoor Writers, Pacific Inter-Club Yachting, US Ski Journalists, North America Snowsport Journalists of which he is a past-president and the Society of American Travel Writers.
A graduate of the Broadcast School at New York University, John lives in the East Bay and has two sons and two grandchildren.