Damon Beard

Presenters Bio

With a background in travel, journalism, trauma counselling and communications, when he’s not doing radio, Damon loves surfing, boxing and flying… (He has his private pilot’s license) … but above and beyond anything else, Damon is a consummate radio professional who lives the values of being a role model to millions of listeners. He’s been in radio for 30 years and has produced and presented various shows in South Africa for both East Coast Radio and East Coast Gold. In fact he is one of the longest serving DJs on one single radio station in South Africa and over the years he’s perfected the art of presenting in a variety of different timeslots including Weekends, Lunchtime, Afternoon Drive and early Evenings. He’s also been a mentor and coach to many younger and junior DJ’s and producers over the years. In 2019, Damon left South Africa to join his family in the UK and took up the challenge of broadcasting his drive show internationally on East Coast Gold from 1-5pm each weekday afternoon, and the Sunday Morning Breakfast Show from 6-10am. Damon has been nominated for nine South African radio awards and in the process has won 7. His most recent award was in 2021 when he won the award for Best Night time Show in South Africa. Damon has also been a guest presenter on two radio stations in the United Kingdom, one in Dubai, he’s been the narrator in a South African movie, he’s a motivational speaker and his first book became a best seller. He’s interviewed celebrities like James Blunt and Tina Turner and his career highlights include being MC for superstars like Bryan Adams and Celine Dion.