Hall of Fame Inductees
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- Inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010
- Birth: Toronto, Ontario
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Tom Tompkins grew up in Richmond Hill before moving to Calgary in junior high where he graduated from the Television Stage and Radio course at SAIT.
Tompkins began his 43 year radio career in the spring of 1970 at CKXL Radio in Calgary. He’s since worked in all formats from Top 40s to country at stations including CJAX-FM (Edmonton), CFGM-AM (Toronto), CHAM-AM (Hamilton) and CJAY-FM (Calgary), where while programming, they were named Canada’s FM Station of the Year by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters for their development of Canadian talent through a live concert series entitled, Home Cookin’.
Tom Tompkins has been twice named, ‘Country Program Director of the Year’ by The Record, a national industry publication, has won three CCMA Awards for Country Music Person of the Year, and was gifted a JUNO Award in 1992 while managing Tracey Prescott and Lonesome Daddy, for their winning Country Group of the Year.
Additionally, Tom Tompkins has served on the CCMA Board of Directors for 15 years and was the President of the association in 1991-92 and from 1994-2000.
Tompkins was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010, which he credits is the greatest honour of his life, naturally.
To date, Tom is semi-retired (because he can’t stand not working) promoting concerts throughout the Cariboo of British Columbia with his business partner, Gene Daniel.