David Jenson patron of CANCERactive

David Jenson patron of CANCERactive

 

Jensen

Mr David Jenson, born in Victoria, British Columbia, David began his career in his home country at the age of sixteen playing jazz and classical music. He then joined Radio Luxembourg at the age of eighteen in 1968 and was often called ’Kid Jensen’. By 1974, he was becoming a TV personality in Britain, hosting pop shows on ITV, and in the mid-1970s he worked for the then-new Radio Trent (now Trent FM) in Nottingham, one of the first legal, land-based commercial radio stations in the UK. During the early part of his career he was billed as "Kid Jensen" and did not use his given name professionally until 1980.

In 1976 he joined the BBC’s pop network, Radio 1, and kept his profile high through regular appearances presenting Top of the Pops, and championed many acts who went on to achieve huge commercial success, notably The Police and Gary Numan.

While presenting the Network Chart, Jensen became ITV’s unofficial "face" of pop music, presenting pop shows such as "The Roxy", an attempt to compete with Top of the Pops. He also presented various children’s programmes including Worldwise and Popquest.

In 1984, David Jensen quit Radio 1 & joined London’s Capital FM, for whom he presented a weekday mid-morning show, then moving to weekday drivetime - as it was now called - in 1987.
In 1998 Jensen joined rival London FM station, Heart 106.2, presenting the weekday drivetime show from 4-7pm. In 2002 he returned to Capital and since then has been heard on its oldies service Gold.

David is married to wife Gudrun and they have three children. Their teenage son, Viktor, a successful racing driver, competed in the 2007 British and International Formula 3 Championship. He also founded the Kid Jensen Racing team that briefly raced in the Formula 3000 championship, which won one race at the hands of Nicolas Minassian in 1999 at Silverstone. David Jensen is a fan of Crystal Palace and is Chairman of the Crystal Palace F.C. Vice-President’s Club.
 

 

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