Dominik Diamond

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Dominik Diamond
Birth name Paul Dominik Diamond
Born (1969-12-31) 31 December 1969 (age 46)
Arbroath, Scotland
Show Morning Show
Station(s) Jack FM Calgary
Time slot 530-900 Mon-Fri
Style Disc Jockey
Comedian
Country Canada
Previous show(s) The Dominik Diamond Show
Q107 Toronto
Diamond and de Andrade
Talk 107
1400-1800 Mon-Fri'
"
The Dominik Diamond Breakfast Show"
Xfm Scotland
6:00 - 10:00 a.m. Monday-Friday
"
The Dominik Diamond Show"
Beat 106
1000 - 1300 Saturday/Sunday
"Dominik & Dye"
5:30-9:30 am Monday-Friday
102.1 The Edge

Paul Dominik Diamond (known as Dominik Diamond) is a Scottish television and radio presenter and newspaper columnist. He is best known as the original presenter of Channel 4's video gaming programme GamesMaster, as host of The Dominik Diamond Breakfast Show on Xfm Scotland and as a columnist for the Daily Star. He formerly hosted The Dominik Diamond Show Mon-Fri 6-11pm on Q107 in Toronto. After a stint hosting The Dominik Diamond Morning Show on new music station Radio 96.5 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dominik returned to the Toronto market 31 March 2014, replacing Dean Blundell as host of the morning show on 102.1 The Edge.[1] Recently it was announced that he would be joining Jack FM in Calgary as host of Jack FM Mornings with Dominik & Kelly.

Early life[edit]

Born in Arbroath, Scotland, Diamond attended Strathallan School in Forgandenny, Perthshire.[2]

He then went on to study drama at Bristol University, also attended by Little Britain star David Walliams. Walliams and Diamond were part of a comedy troupe called "David Icke and The Orphans of Jesus", in which they were also joined by Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz). Walliams and Diamond fell out after Walliams appeared as a guest on Diamond's Paramount show "Dom'n'Kirk's Night O Plenty" - after which Diamond said that Walliams and co-Little Britain star Matt Lucas were "complete arseholes". Diamond has not spoken to Walliams since, yet still refers to him as a "comic genius".[3]

Television and publications[edit]

Diamond's biggest role on television to date came on Channel 4 computer and video game show Gamesmaster, which ran from 1992-1998. However he was absent during the show's third series, which he attributed to a disagreement with the show's then-sponsors, McDonald's.[4] He went on to present the short-lived BBC Scotland panel show Caledonia McBrains in 2002.

In 2006, Diamond filmed Five documentary, Crucify Me. During filming, he took part in the live annual Holy week re-enactment of the crucifixion at San Pedro Cutud. However, he backed down at the last minute, breaking into tears.[5][6]

He also has appeared on the Discovery Real Time programme, Rubble Trouble, which charts the development of his house extension. While residing in Brighton from 2002 to 2004, he trained and worked as a bus driver with the local transport company Brighton and Hove Bus Company, recording his thoughts and feelings for a documentary to be shown on UK television Channel 5.[7] Similarly to Diamond, many celebrities have worked for Brighton and Hove Bus Company, some of which are named on the front of the city's buses.[8]

Diamond's autobiography, Celtic & Me: Confessions From The Jungle, was published in the UK by Black & White Publishing in August 2010. The book is a combination of media memoir and the story of Diamond's life as a fan of Celtic Football Club.[9] In 2015, he became one of 44 financial backers for the short film Autumn Never Dies.[10]

Radio[edit]

Diamond launched XFM Scotland with The Dominik Diamond Breakfast Show on Xfm Scotland in January 2006.[11] On 27 June 2007, RadioToday.co.uk announced that Diamond had joined Talk 107 to cover a number of programmes over the summer months. From 13 October 2007 Diamond presented the Dominik Diamond Breakfast Club on Talk 107. In January 2008 Dominik took over Talk 107 Drive with Marisa de Andrade. In April 2008, following a station revamp, the show became known as Diamond and de Andrade. Diamond left Talk 107;[when?] the station closed in December 2008.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Corus' 102.1 the Edge Announces New On-Air Lineup". Broadcaster Magazine. Retrieved 2016-09-05. 
  2. ^ "Dinner with Dominik Diamond". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2007-07-07. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Diamond Geezer". newsandatar.co.uk. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-23. 
  4. ^ "An interview with Dominik Diamond". Team Teabag. Archived from the original on 30 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  5. ^ Stephen McGinty (2006). "A crucifixion too far". The Scotsman. Retrieved 15 April 2006. 
  6. ^ Caroline Davies and Sebastien Berger (2006). "Crucify me? Sorry, I've changed my mind". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 April 2006. 
  7. ^ Dominik Diamond (21 September 2008). "Dominik Diamond heading to Nova Scotia". London: The Times. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  8. ^ Brighton and Hove Bus Company (2010). "Names On Our Buses". Brighton & Hove Bus Company. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Celticunderground Podcast 106: Dominik Diamond". celticunderground.net. Retrieved 2010-09-30. [permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Dominik Diamond on Twitter: "Just backed Autumn Never Dies on @Kickstarter http://t.co/LvQ2zXuGaG sequel to a delightful short film about despair. With Scottish puppets"". Twitter. 2015-09-14. Retrieved 2016-09-05.  External link in |title= (help)
  11. ^ Celtic & Me: Confessions from the Jungle, Dominik Diamond
  12. ^ Edinburgh's Talk 107 radio station is to shut down. The Guardian, 17 December 2008.

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