Dave Cash (disc jockey)
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Dave Cash (born David Charles Wish, 18 July 1942, Bushey, Hertfordshire) is a veteran British radio presenter who works for BBC Radio Kent, having had previous spells at Radio London, BBC Radio 1, Capital Radio, Radio West (he was launch Programme Controller at the Bristol station), Country 1035 and PrimeTime Radio.
Cash was born in Bushey, and grew up in London. He began his career in broadcasting in Canada, where he had gone with the Merchant Navy, and acquired a North American-sounding accent. He returned to the UK in the 1960s and joined Radio London at the age of 21 after meeting up with the show's programme director Ben Toney. Toney persuaded him to join the station as the afternoon DJ and writer for commercials. Once on board with Radio London, Cash teamed up with Kenny Everett for the Kenny & Cash Show, amongst the most successful of all pirate radio programmes.
After Parliament outlawed pirates, Cash joined Radio Luxembourg, then in 1967 he became one of the first-day DJs on Radio One. Cash's popular Sunday show Cash At Four attracted guests such as Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, John Cleese, Lady Antonia Fraser, Rolf Harris, and David Bellamy.
In 1973, Cash started working at Capital Radio as production manager and presenter. Cash stayed at Capital for 21 years, reprising the Kenny & Cash Show, hosting a lunchtime quiz competition "Cash on Delivery" (COD) and the weekend programmes for Capital Gold. After the success of Cash’s best selling first novel The Rating Game, Cash left Capital in 1994 to concentrate on his writing.
Cash currently works for the BBC, broadcasting his popular weekend shows on Saturday and Sunday nights to Radio Kent, BBC Sussex, BBC Surrey, BBC Radio Solent, BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC Radio Oxford.
On December 4, 2011 in Florida at Anna Marie Island, Cash married Sara Davies (born 1957), who appears on his BBC radio show where she is called Emily Email because she answers listeners' emails. They now live in Hollingbourne, Kent.
Film and television
Dave Cash hosted a few episodes of BBC TV series Top of the Pops, however due to the BBC's policy of wiping tapes, only one episode exists in the archives, it dates from 15 February 1968. He co-hosted this edition with Jimmy Savile. In 1970, Cash wrote and performed The Radio Programme, a twenty-six part sitcom/music show produced at HTV and sold to the ITV network, NBC, and stations across Europe. Guests included Sammy Davis Jr., Richard Harris, and Terry-Thomas. In 1976, Cash appeared as himself in the cult hit Quadrophenia and in 1979 took a cameo role alongside Dennis Hopper in The American Way. In 1988, he co-wrote and produced At Last It's Hogmanay with Billy Connolly and Robbie Coltrane for Channel 4.
Books and articles
In 1991, Cash's first novel The Rating Game made the best-seller charts in four weeks followed in 1993 by All Night Long and King of Clubs in 1995.
In 2006 Cash began working on a book designed to be both an autobiography and a history of pirate radio. He is also developing the first ever triography – a biography written by Cash and his two best friends detailing their road trip to Mexico.
On 9 May 2011, One Media Publishing released a collection of over 1000 albums compiled by Cash, featuring artists from a diverse range of musical genres, including Django Reinhardt, Usher, Aaliyah, The Troggs, Chaka Khan, Elvis Presley, Sham 69, Lou Reed and Jerry Lee Lewis. These albums are currently available via digital music stores only.
- "The Dave Cash Collection - News - One Media Publishing". Ompplc.com. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
- Official website
- The Dave Cash Countdown at BBC Programmes (BBC Radio Kent)
- Dave Cash Country at BBC Programmes (BBC Radio Kent)