David 'Kid' Jensen
Born in Canada (1950) and educated there.
Still married to Gudrun (an Icelander) since 1975. Have 3 children.
Currently lives in Esher, Surrey
Chairman: Crystal Palace FC Vice-Presidents
Chairman: Croydon Colorectal Cancer Charity
David began broadcasting to the UK via Radio Luxembourg in 1968 after a couple of years in local Canadian radio (which included stints in the Yukon Territory and the interior of British Columbia). He acquired the nickname "Kid" because he was the youngest radio presenter in Europe at the time. He left Luxembourg in 1975 for Radio Trent in Nottingham.
In 1976, he went to Radio 1, followed by a move to Capital Radio in 1984. During this time he hosted the Nescafe Network Chart Show for 10 years to the entire UK Independent Radio Network. In 1998 he accepted an offer to go to London based Heart 106.2, before moving back to Capital in 2002, this time for the Capital Gold Network. He continues to broadcast on Capital Gold, Monday - Saturday from 10AM - 1PM.
He has also hosted a weekly-networked CBC (Canadian Broadcasting) show from London and has presented various syndicated documentaries and specials for hundreds of American stations over the years.
He has won 5 Sony Radio Awards as well as New Spotlight DJ of the year (1972 and 1973), Melody Maker DJ of the year (1983), Variety Magazine for Radio Personality 1980, British Radio and Television Industry award for Best Radio Programme1986, Maple Leaf Award for Canadian Contribution to Broadcasting 2002. Radio is only half the story, and the kid is known to a generation from his time on the small screen. He has presented dozens of networked, syndicated and local TV shows over the years with formats from Children's to News and Current Affairs. In 1980, he took a 2 year break from the BBC to go to work in Atlanta as a news "anchor" for Ted Turner on the Superstation, TBS as well as presenting documentaries for CNN. This led to an Emmy nomination for the documentary series "Nice People".
TV series in the UK include "Pop Quest" - Yorkshire, "45"- Granada "Razzmatazz"- Tyne Tees, presented the first 3 annual Brit Awards (known as the British Rock and Pop Awards"- BBC 1, "World Wise"- TVS, "Afternoon Club"-TVS, "Central Weekend"-Central, "Relationships"-Anglia, "Top of the Pops"-BBC 1,"The Number One Show"-TVS, "DJ"-TVS, "Nightline"-Tyne Tees, "Champions of the Future"- ITV and Ch. 4, "Lumberjacks"- Ch. 4, and hundreds of contributions to various other shows.
Currently 'fronts' Sky Sports Formula Palmer Audi Championship, occasionally guests on Sky Sports News and voices the most widely syndicated TV show in the world, the weekly: "Gillette World Sport". Have worked for a number of F1 teams over the years, David has done a wide variety of corporate duties encompassing hosting car launches, driver interviews, presenting paddock club events and looking after sponsors. Closely associated with motor racing having run own team, "Kid Jensen Racing"- Formula 3000 and Formula Opel. He has appeared on dozens of motor racing programmes on ITV, Sky Sports and Ch. 4 and his 17 year-old son Viktor is a highly rated driver, and one to keep an eye out for.
He has hosted general award ceremonies including Travel, Advertising and Broadcast Awards as well as individual companies' internal or general industry awards, eg. EMAP, New Scotland Yard Bravery Awards, Formula Renault Championship etc. This is in addition to parties, discos and discussions on behalf of such diverse businesses as Debenhams, NABS, The Radio Academy, the Labour Party, Cedar Software, Palmer Sport, Crystal Holidays, Nescafe, Lola, Caterham Cars, Icelandair, Faberge, csma, Celtic FC, St. Mirren FC, Crystal Palace FC, Laurent Perrier and Budweiser. The latter two were sponsors of Kid Jensen Racing.
He has also addressed the Oxford Union and presented school awards and prizes at various institutions around the UK.