Join Damien Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6am with chat ‘n’ choonz to keep you company.
What is the best gig you have ever been to?
Difficult! Roxy Music at The Apollo in Glasgow; Stones at The Capitol in Aberdeen; Love and Money, Music Hall – James Grant, Lemon Tree; Simple Minds Meadowbank; U2, Murrayfield; Danny Wilson at the Venue in Aberdeen…
Who’s the most famous person you have met?
A recurring question that I always struggle to answer. I guess on the basis of their profile across all ages, Sir Ian McKellern and Robbie Coltrane, but there have been so many – if only mobile phones had existed back then, I’d have quite an album of photos.
What is the strangest thing that has happened on your show?
Once had the presenter who followed me (I was on Sunday Mid-morning, he was due on at 12) turn up in a bath towel, not long into my programme thinking he was late – he was on Breakfast during the week – needless to say he’d had a ‘heavy’ Saturday night! And no, I’m not saying who it was…let the speculation begin!
If you could have one superpower what would it be?
To promote all that’s good about Humanity and eliminate evil… That man to man, the world o’er, Shall brithers be for a’ that.
What was your favourite childhood sweet?
Loved the sweets that were like long Liquorice All Sorts – orange was my favourite! Pan Drops were always deemed a treat…and the chocolate buttons covered in ‘hundreds and thousands’ – had to be from Woolies, they were the finest!
Do you have a secret talent?
I can move my eyebrows independently.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
How long have you got? One that comes to mind is using the toilets at Balmedie Beach and thinking it strange that there were no urinals! Only as I passed a lady on the way in, when I was on my way out, did I realise my mistake. Then there was the one when I thought I could exit the packed tea room at Haddo House through a large open space…turned out to be a plate glass wall! There was a loud clunk as my boot hit the ‘wall’ as I attempted to step over the skirting board (I thought, momentarily at the time, “That’s a real safety hazard.”) and then another, even louder ‘clunk’ as my head hit the pane! There were gasps from the assembled clientele and then calls of, ” Are you OK” as I sheepishly re-traced my steps along the route by which I’d entered, thinking, “Please don’t bleed” the ignominy would have been complete if I’d required medical attention!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Early on in my Radio career I was to open a new housing development in Ellon. It was at the time of the Patrick Allen Barratt helicopter adverts/promotion. I was flown in on the helicopter. At the helipad there was a lady called Shelagh Davidson – one of my earliest Radio correspondents. I said to her that I didn’t know quite what to do, after all, just a few months earlier I’d been working for an Oil company and now I was to be a ‘personality’. Sheilagh said, “Just be yourself.” Good, bad or indifferent, that advice is always in the back of my mind when I’m on the Radio. The world lost Shelagh not long into my time in Radio, but she remains one of my most cherished memories.
Who is your most embarrassing celebrity crush that you’ve ever had?
What has been your most favourite moment at Original 106 so far?
Not a moment, but development. As someone whose ambitions never lay beyond Local Radio, it’s great to see how people are adopting us as their local station.
Tell us something about another Original 106 presenter?
Each one deserves credit for the above…oh, and John McRuvie doesn’t cook his mince long enough!!