“I’ve heard your voice before”, a conversation opener Dave is very used to hearing. Now a freelance broadcaster and regular presenter on Free Radio & Gem 106, Dave Clarke is known for presenting radio shows on the Midlands biggest radio stations including Heart fm, Galaxy 102.2, 96.4FM BRMB & BBC WM.
Dave Clarke’s successes with Heart Drivetime and the Galaxy Breakfast Show are still stuff of legend in the industry and he also has experience of working radio markets in London, Yorkshire, Manchester, Bristol & Nottingham. It all started in 1986 when a 16 year old fresh faced brummy who had always had a love for music embarked on a DJ’ing career. “A couple of friends had set up a mobile disco and did some bar and club work too. I spent a few months watching and learning and eventually got my debut on the decks. It was sooo nerve racking, yet totally exhilarating! I decided I wanted to do it forever”.
From those first nervous steps over 20 years ago a promising career was flourishing and through DJing at many private functions such as weddings and birthday parties, Dave honed his live skills. The next logical step was radio. “One of my closest friends was a DJ on BRMB in Birmingham. He presented the evening show and needed someone to produce music mixes for him. From my now considerable experience in clubland I was able to help out. This gave me the experience and confidence to move into the radio industry”. Dave finally got his first break behind the mic in 1994 and hasn’t stopped since.
Working in radio goes hand in hand with live appearance work and Dave Clarke has graced all manner of stages. From smaller corporate functions presenting to a handful of clients to Clotheshow Live at the NEC, from numerous weddings in all types of hotels to Birmingham City Council’s Christmas lights switch on. “The experience I have gained has been worth its weight in gold and I’m waiting to work with you to make your occasion truly memorable.”
Radio and ‘gigs’ have taken Dave all over the world and whilst he is now West Midlands based Clarkey still rocks the party in a corporate or private environment. “Our portfolio of corporate clients is as impressive as the fine venues that invite us to entertain at their events. Fun is a business to me and an exciting, vibrant industry to be considered at the cutting edge of. I wouldn’t have it any other way”.