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David Jensen\'s Biography

As a teenager, David began broadcasting to the UK via Radio Luxembourg in 1968 after two years in local Canadian radio hosting classical and jazz shows. David acquired the nickname "Kid" because he was the youngest radio presenter in Europe at the time. He left Luxembourg in 1975 for Radio Trent in Nottingham.

In 1976, he went to Radio 1, followed by a move to Capital Radio in 1984. During this period he hosted the pioneering Nescafe Network Chart Show for 10 years, broadcasting to the entire UK Independent Radio Network. In 1998 he accepted an offer to go to London's Heart 106.2, before moving back to Capital in 2002, this time for the Gold Network. He continues to broadcast on Gold, Monday to Friday from 10AM – 1PM and Saturdays from 1 PM- 5PM. He is well established as a radio interviewer and in the past several months has welcomed the likes of Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Kevin Spacey, Paul Weller, Ray Davies, Art Garfunkel, James Taylor, Bryan Adams, Billy Joel and many more onto his Gold show.

In addition to his Gold commitments in 2008/09, he was able to play the kind of music he began his career with on his own daily afternoon show, from 2 – 6 PM, on the UK national digital radio station, theJazz.. Following the demise of that station, he now compliments his Gold program by hosting shows on Planet Rock, including a Saturday morning show with Rick Wakeman.

In the past he has hosted a weekly, networked CBC (Canadian Broadcasting) show from London and has presented various syndicated documentaries and specials for hundreds of American stations over the years.

He has won 5 Sony Radio Awards as well as New Spotlight DJ of the year (1972 and 1973), Melody Maker DJ of the year (1983), Variety Magazine for Radio Personality 1980, British Radio and Television Industry award for Best Radio Programme1986 and Maple Leaf Award for Canadian Contribution to Broadcasting 2002.

For many years David wrote weekly entertainment columns for The Daily Mirror, Sunday People and Today. In addition, he contributed to many other publications too from The Telegraph, The Guardian and the NME.

"The Kid" is also known to a generation from his time on the small screen. He has presented dozens of networked, syndicated and local TV shows over the years with formats from Children's to News and Current Affairs

In 1980, he took a 2 year break from the BBC to become a news "anchor" for Ted Turner on the Superstation, "TBS", in addition to presenting documentaries for CNN. This led to an Emmy nomination for the series "Nice People.

TV credits in the UK include "Pop Quest" - Yorkshire, "45"- Granada, "Razzmatazz"- Tyne Tees and the Kid presented the first 3 annual Brit Awards (then known as the "British Rock and Pop Awards" for BBC 1, "World Wise"- TVS, "Afternoon Club"-TVS, "Central Weekend"-Central, "Relationships"-Anglia, "Love Call" - Anglia, "Top of the Pops"-BBC 1,"The Number One Show"-TVS, "DJ"-TVS, "Nightline"-Tyne Tees, "Get Fresh" - ITV, "The Roxy"- ITV, "Champions of the Future"- ITV and Ch. 4, "Lumberjacks"- Ch. 4, and hundreds of contributions to various other shows.

David has fronted' Sky Sports/ Channel 4's "Formula Palmer Audi Championship" and occasionally guests on Sky Sports News as well as voicing the most widely syndicated TV show in the world, the weekly: "(Gillette) World Sport". He has also provided the "voice of God" announcements for 4 recent Miss World productions and the "Laureus Sports Awards".

For three decades David has presented a wide range of both audio and also visual programs for several airlines including British Airways, Emirates, Qatar, Virgin, Cathay Pacific, Philippines, Britannia, Northwest, Continental, Swissair, KLM and Air New Zealand.

Having worked in a corporate capacity for a number of F1 teams over the years, David has fulfilled a wide variety of roles encompassing car launches, driver interviews, presenting paddock club events and looking after sponsors.

Closely associated with motor racing having run his own race winning team, "Kid Jensen Racing" (Formula 3000 and Formula Opel), he has appeared on dozens of motor racing programs on ITV, Sky Sports and Ch. 4; and his 22 year-old son Viktor has been a highly rated driver.

In July, 2010, he received his "freedom" from the City of London by becoming a Freeman of the City of London through his charity work.