Friday, May 8, 2020

Legendary Hamilton Broadcaster Nevin Grant Passes

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of legendary Hamilton broadcaster and author Nevin Grant (aka Mr. CKOC and "The Hitmaker") who died on May 6, 2020. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Career highlights

Media Roundup
Here are some social media reactions to his passing:

Brandon P General
Both Nevin Grant and Jason Farr had a hand in getting me my very first radio play waaaaay back in 1999. On oldies1150. That was a pretty great moment and remains a pretty great memory. Having a song you wrote played on the radio right before the Beatles.
Michael B Davie
Mourning the loss of friend and radio icon Nevin Grant. Nevin was one of the nicest people I've ever met in my entire life, a wonderfully thoughtful, supportive, caring music icon who went well out of his way to give Canadian artists radio airplay when so many others wouldn't give them the time of day.
Nevin helped make the careers of of Ian Thomas, Gowan, Crowbar, the Spoons, Teenage Head and countless others. He transformed the Canadian music scene and made it shine. It was an absolute pleasure to have known him and his lovely wife.
It was a privilege to have published and worked with Nevin on his book Growing Up With The Hits! relating his life story and love of music, going through the books passages and his insightful thoughts on the industry together and selecting key photos from his enormous collection of photos and albums, choosing great shots of him with Alice Cooper, Elton John, Hall & Oates, and other iconic rock stars he'd met over the years. Nevin was absolutely wonderful, and my heart aches from this loss.
Sincere condolences to Heather and their family. 
It is with great sadness that The Stampeders send their deepest condolences at the passing of our very good friend and supporter of Canadian Music Nevin Grant. Thank you for playing many of our records, and being the first to broadcast, and break, our song "Wild Eyes" You will be forever missed, and remembered by Rich, Kim, Ronnie = The Stampeders, and our families. 
Andy Kim
The headline reads Nevin Grant Radio Legend and Champion of Canadian Artists. And he was. Although he programmed CKOC Hamilton, his talent crossed borders & helped so many of us who were just starting out. He often told me “I just love my job”
Onto the light Dear Nevin

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