Here is a look at David Spencer’s career – hopefully it will inform you about his experience and also make you smile. Thank you for taking the time to read it.
David started his radio career in his bedroom at the age of 12 – where his home radio station achieved 100% reach on a regular basis.
The success led to expansion – with the formation of WCLR – Waybrook Crescent Local Radio – which involved producing weekly shows on cassette for a group of ardent listeners – who pretended to listen to every show.
After a brief career in the ‘real world’ – David returned to his first love by joining Radio Wexham, the hospital radio broadcasting service for Wexham Park in Slough.
During his time there – David won the annual award for Station Personality – after cracking a joke during one of his shows. Other highlights included having his wallet stolen by a group of kids pretending to be visiting their ill mother – and accidentally playing Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd – not the most appropriate song for hospital radio.
It was while David was causing patients to feel suicidal that his talent was spotted by the brand new radio station for Slough – STAR FM (see local newspaper piece to the left).
It was the first fully computerised station in the UK – and thankfully David knew his mouse from his dongle. Soon David was presenting his own show, the Evening Star and the Saturday afternoon sport programme Star Action Saturday – before becoming News Editor. His shows were renowned for their humour as well as innovative quizzes – such as Spot The Plot, where listeners had to, erm, spot the plot.
During his time at STAR FM, David oversaw news output, sport programming and scheduled the music – spotting a number of songs before they became hits. He was the first UK presenter to play The Rembrandts I’ll Be There For You – as well as spotting hits for No Doubt, Lighthouse Family, East 17 and Del Amitri.
From STAR FM he moved to FOX FM in Oxford, where he anchored the 1997 General Election special as well as regularly presenting the award winning news programme The Fox Report. It won an award years before David was there – but it still counts!
David then became a Director of Infosentials, an international communication company producing audio programmes for the business sector. Amongst his achievements was producing a small business advice programme that was shortlisted for a Business Link Innovation Award. He also managed to produce an audio programme about tax advice – making him a great hit at parties!
In 2001, David set up Spencer Media and became a specialist journalist across radio, TV and the web. Since then David has worked at Sky News, including overseeing radio coverage during the 7-7 bombings and the Michael Jackson trial.
In 2006, David also helped to re-launch the Sony nominated Entertainment News service for radio stations, providing interviews and material for radio stations across the UK. David’s highlights include meeting Roger Waters, Art Garfunkel and James Blunt – who all feature in his vast music collection.
For a time David also oversaw output at the Classic Gold Network, as deputy Programme Controller – before the network was sold and re-branded (picture includes Tony Blackburn, the lovely Bill Overton, John Baish, Matt Gubbins and Paul Burnett)
David has also worked at the likes of Smooth, BBC Radio Berkshire, Monocle 24 and can currently be heard presenting news bulletins on BFBS and talkSPORT.
David also carries out training for the British military and NATO (including recent work in Kenya, Germany and Poland) and works for several corporate clients, including filming expos around Europe.
David has also overseen and been involved with various corporate projects – and writing jobs. For more on that look under the ‘Corporate’ tab.
He has a passion for radio – which started in those early days making his own radio programmes. David currently shares that passion with students at Westminster University, where he teaches the radio module on the multi-media Broadcast Journalism course as well lecturing for the Speech Radio module. He also conducts one on one mentoring sessions to help media professionals advance their career.
If you would like to know more – drop him a line.