After a period as a disc jockey on Edgware General Hospital's radio, he became famous in the London area as Capital Radio's breakfast presenter in the 1970s and 1980s, having joined from Radio City in Liverpool in 1975. He later worked for Virgin Radio. In 2006, he worked at Magic 105.4. In 2008, he was 102.2 Smooth Radio's breakfast host. Dene was also a presenter for BBC Radio Devon & BBC Jersey on its Sunday afternoons chart show. In April 2012, Dene was one of the launch presenters on The Wireless - an Internet-based radio station operated by Age UK and aimed at older people throughout the UK . Since January 2013 he has presented the Saturday lunchtime show on BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey.
In the 1980s, Dene hosted a radio show, Rock Over London, that was produced and distributed to radio stations in the United States, particularly stations that programmed New Wave or new, eclectic music. 
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- Day, Julia (26 October 2006). "Heart steals breakfast show crown". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
- Morris, Sophie (1 September 2008). "My Mentor: Graham Dene on Brian Johnston". The Independent. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
- The Wireless (retrieved 10 May 2012)
weekend breakfast show presenter
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