Ian Damon

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Ian Damon (born Ian Davidson 5 June 1935) is a British radio personality.

Born in Sydney, Australia and after 8 years as a broadcaster on New South Wales stations 2RG and 2LF, Ian decided to tour Europe and Canada settling in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire in the UK[1]

He joined the offshore Radio London/Big L on the MV Galaxy[2] replacing Tony Blackburn in 1967; and was given the name of 'Wombat' by Tony Brandon.[3] On its demise, Ian freelanced and was engaged as a continuity announcer by ATV London and ABC Manchester. He also contributed to BBC Radio 2's 'Roundabout' programme. He returned to Australia for 5 years awaiting the start of independent radio, during which time Ian announced for both radio and television stations including being a member of the "Snob Mob" at 2CH in Sydney.

Ian came back to the UK, worked for Southern Television and was part of the original team at Capital Radio for over 5 years using his real name of Ian Davidson. He was the face of the "Fun Bus" – broadcasting live and promoting the station all around London and the Home Counties. On his London Link programme, Ian broadcast to radio stations around the Commonwealth from Australia to Canada, Hong Kong to Barbados.

In the 80s and 90s, after a stint at Blue Danube Radio in Austria, Ian worked for provincial stations in England including Pennine Radio, LBC, Essex Radio, Radio Mercury, Radio 210, KFM Tonbridge and Delta FM/ Wey Valley Radio. Before moving to Norfolk in 2002, Ian was at County Sound radio in Guildford.[4]

From May 2005 to September 2008 Ian presented Sunday programmes on Big L 1395.[5]

These were available to be listened to again here. Originally Ian presented the Solid Gold Sunday 1400 – 1800 when the station was called Radio London International (named after the original offshore station). A change of management meant Ian's show was moved to a later slot and the programme changed format. However, in the summer of 2008 Ian's programme returned to its original slot and format but this was only to be for a short time as when the station faced financial difficulties Ian left due to the agreed promised payment not being forthcoming for his services.[6][7]

Ian also was part of Pirate BBC Essex broadcasting from the LV18 lightship in Harwich in 2004 and again in 2007 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the closure of the offshore stations.

In August 2009 Ian joined community station Wayland Radio to host a weekly Sunday afternoon show for the station before the station closed due to lack of finance.[8]

In July 2014 Ian joined the annual short term station Red Sands Radio to host a weekly Sunday afternoon soul show for the station's Solid Gold Sunday outlet[9]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "DJs D". Offshore Hall of Fame. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Pirate BBC essex 2004". BBC. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Elliot, Chris (1997). The wonderful Radio London story. EAP. 
  4. ^ "this is ILR". ```this is ILR. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ray Anderson Interview". Radio Vibrations. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "DS – Another BigL presenter leaves". Digital Spy. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ian Damon statement (from listen again site)". 14 September 2008. 
  8. ^ "Norfolk's Wayland Radio is forced off air". EDP. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "New Voices – Press Release #8 2014". RSR. Retrieved 2 July 2014.