Samantha Taylor

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Samantha Taylor
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Born 1958 (age 56–57)
Toronto, Ontario
Occupation Television personality, Video jockey

Samantha Taylor (born 1958) was the host of the CBC Television music video program Video Hits from 1984 to 1989.

She was born in Toronto, Ontario, as Myroslava Lastivka Lydia Luciw. Her family moved to Pennsylvania when she was three. She started her broadcast career while a student at Pennsylvania State University, using the name Myra Luciw at the university radio station and the name Michele Michaels at a commercial station.

After graduation, Taylor worked briefly in Washington DC before returning to Toronto in 1980, where she was hired as station librarian and part-time disc jockey for Q-107. At that time she also began hosting CFMT's Metro Music show, giving her the video experience that would lead to the job with CBC's Video Hits in 1984. While working for the CBC, she also judged some episodes of the network's 1985 battle of the bands competition series Rock Wars.[1]

As a concert promoter, Taylor was involved in the early careers of The Police and Dire Straits.


  1. ^ Keith Sharp, Music Express: The Rise, Fall & Resurrection of Canada's Music Magazine. Dundurn Press, 2014. ISBN 9781459721951. p. 143.
  • Smith, Diane "Taylor Made for TV" Toronto Star, April 12, 1986

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