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Radio 1: The Jocks

JENSEN, David ‘Kid’

Don't call him Kid anymore - he goes into a mad moodFRESH-FACED Canadian blond smoothie, original helmer of the proto-indie evening show , perennial moonlighter on such TV extravaganzas as The Daily Mirror Rock & Pop Awards, and endlessly teamed up with John Peel for a Top Of The Pops presentation double act surreal in its ‘worlds in collision’ banter. After brief early eighties interlude at CNN, the increasingly incongruous ‘Kid’ monicker was history. Left the Beeb in 1984 to join commercial radio and give rise to that depressingly unforgettable jingle, “just let The Kid lift the lid on the… Net!Work!Chart!”.

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  1. wilberforce

    September 28, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    I remember him making concerted attempts to shake off the “Kid” stagename when he started getting a bit long in the tooth, but mainly without too much success (I’m sure I’m not the only one who still thinks of him as Kid Jensen today). I think a rather unwieldy compromise was reached, with him being billed as David “Kid” Jensen.
    I recall a similar period of “teething” problems for the presenter formerly known as “GazTop” when he decided he was too old to present kids shows anymore.
    Still, the Kid (or David or Dave or whatever you want to call him) was definitely one of the better R1 jocks of the day…

  2. wilberforce

    September 29, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Talking of Kid Jensen, here’s one for you fans of mindless trivia out there…
    Q: what is the link between the Kid and veteran footballer Hermann Hreidarsson?
    A: Kid’s Icelandic Missus Gudrun – she apparently recommended then-unknown fellow Icelander Hermann to Crystal Palace, whom the Kid supported (and had links with).
    As a result, “The Herminator” went on to have a long if not always successful career in the top echelons of the English game (he holds the unwanted record of being the player relegated from the Premiership most often, but also won the FA Cup with Portsmouth).

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