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Presenter profile: Dave Cash

Dave Cash
Dave enjoyed making sound effects for his show with Kenny Everett.

Broadcasting legend Dave Cash began his radio career on the pirate ships in the North Sea where he presented the "Kenny and Cash Show" with Kenny Everett.

Back on dry land he worked for Radio 1.

Dave now presents his Saturday show for BBC Radio Solent with hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

His mid-Atlantic drawl stems from spending his childhood in Vancouver. Although he was born in Bushey in Hertfordshire, his father decided to take the family to live in Canada after the war.

After Dave finished school he worked as a runner at a radio station called CFUN as well as writing radio commercials. A close friend and fellow ex-pat, Billy Street had gone back to London.

"Billy sent me a telegram - it was long before the days of emails!" laughs Dave. "It said 'everything happening here, Beatles, Stones, The Marquee Club and pirate radio - they need you, get your butt over here!'"

Selling his car for the plane ticket Dave arrived in London on Christmas Eve with £17 in his pocket.

"I sheltered in this little doorway to keep out of the wind and rain when I heard this Texas voice boom out 'Gawd damn disc jockeys - doesn't anyone know anything about format radio?'

"I was soaking wet, 21 years old and looking for a job so I just opened the door and said "I do!" The voice belonged to Ben Toney the boss of Radio London. Dave was out on a ship anchored 3.5 miles off of Frinton the very next day.

Within five months, Dave started working with Kenny Everett and soon the Kenny and Cash Show burst onto the airwaves: "You had to get creative or die," says Dave.

The Kenny and Cash partnership was so successful that it continued even after the pirates ended.

As well as his radio work he has presented TV programmes, written books and screenplays and he also had his own top 10 hit called "Groovy Baby"!

E-mail the programme: dave.cash@bbc.co.uk

Dave Cash - Saturday evenings from 1800 to 2100



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