Dave was born in Drayton, Norfolk and left school at fifteen to pursue a career in the Royal Navy. He joined HMS Ganges, a training establishment for boy entrants, before being drafted to HMS Colllingwood, near Portsmouth for specialist training as an electrician.
In 1970 Dave joined the Royal Navy’s largest ship, HMS Ark Royal and travelled the world before being deployed on a Polaris submarine. Weeks underwater in the service of his country turned him into the man he is today he says!
In 1979, Dave left the services and pursued a career spinning discs on his “Double Decks” until an opportunity to work in Radio was offered with the opening of a new radio station in Dundee. Five years later and bored with just playing music, he looked for a move to the BBC and the chance to do something more challenging.
There were periods working in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire and an opportunity to present the “Weekend Early Show” at Radio Two. Dave described it as an incredible opportunity considering his lack of experience. The highlight of the whole five years in London was on day one, walking through the doors of Broadcasting House, Dave couldn’t believe it was happening to him.
Whilst still working in London, BBC Radio Lincolnshire asked Dave to join the county’s radio station full time, replacing the then Breakfast Show presenter, John Inverdale. Since then he has presented many of the stations’ programmes, run dozens of quizzes for the annual charity appeal and met thousands of people during talks that he has given to the many different organisations throughout the county.
During his career in radio he has been nominated for several awards and won a few. He will tell you that his biggest honour was to head south to London for the Sony Radio Awards in 1989 at which he received a nomination in the Breakfast Show category, the first ever Sony nomination for BBC Radio Lincolnshire. He was beaten by Chris Tarrant.
In 2008, Dave took a break from working full time and went on to teach media students at the University of Lincoln and working with schools, while continuing to present a programme every Sunday at BBC Radio Lincolnshire. Thirty years after arriving in the county, Dave is happy spending as much time as possible playing golf, taking or planning holiday’s with family and friends, drinking gin and tonic, decent red wine and not worrying too much about what comes next.
Dave still provides voice overs for Radio, TV, Videos, on-line tutorials and websites, and of course works with LCR where he shares his huge knowledge with everyone else.