David Symonds

David has more than fifty years’ broadcast experience accumulated on three continents: Australasia, Europe & the U.S. He began as a trainee with the NZBC in New Zealand before returning to the UK and becoming a BBC staff announcer. He presented Breakfast Special on the old Light Programme before succeeding Keith Fordyce as host of ‘Easy Beat’ on Sunday mornings. The new show was a huge success with a regular audience of 13m. David was a founder member of the first Radio 1 team where he presented Afternoon Drive; a Decca Records DJ for Radio Luxembourg and the first voice to be heard on Capital Radio, London, in 1973. Two years later he was Programme Director of Radio Victory, Portsmouth. The station, with an astonishing array of stars for a regional service, (among them the much lamented greats Dave Christian & Kenny Everett) gained a record 74% share of listenership… a score which has never been beaten. In 1978 David moved back to the BBC and rejoined Radio Four, before being poached by Radio Two for afternoons. Replaced by Gloria Hunniford he fled the country and managed & programmed two properties in L.A. during the 1980’s. After another flirtation with Radio Four, in 1998 he joined Capital Gold, starting at weekends and then replacing Kenny Everett on weekday mornings. When Gold culled its stellar starting lineup (which between them had garnered a 24% share of the London radio market – absurd for an AM!) David emigrated to Cyprus. There he designed, built & managed Coast FM in Limassol, which was sold to Russian owners in 2013. He presently lives in Agnac, Lot-et-Garonne, France.


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