Daimen Richards shows
We got up at the crack of dawn to sit with Daimen and ask him some very important questions:
Five things we don’t know about you?
(1) Roy Walker, of TV’s “Catchphrase” once called me the “Milkybar kid`. Ask me why …
(2) I once applied to go on the TV dating show “Take Me Out” and was invited to an audition, but I didn’t go. Just like all my other dates. Oh wait no, they didn’t turn up.
(3) I often get asked where my name comes from. It was meant to be “Damien” but it got changed at the last minute. Something to do with some character from a horror movie. Now you know.
(4) I own more pyjama bottoms than I do actual trousers – they are so comfy!
(5) Numbers aren’t my strongest point.
(6) Oops, I did it again.
What do you love about the Forth Valley?
For me, the Forth Valley is so unique in the sense that one minute you could out in a field in the middle of no-where and only a few moments later, right in the middle of a busy town centre. I class our Forth Valley towns like little cities within the country. We’ve got some great local sights and I’ve made some great memories growing up in the area.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?
My better half says “Gerald Butler” (I’ve no idea why) … but it’s more likely to be Harry Hill. All that I’m missing is the white collared shirt.
What TV show are you ashamed to admit you love?
There’s a few that stick out for me. Namely any show that features Gordon Ramsay – I’m a big Kitchen Nightmares fan. You’ve heard of people binge watching the Kardashians – well, I’m more likely to watch episodes of “Homes Under the Hammer” or “Four in a Bed” back to back. But hey … look on the bright side – I can spot a dirty restaurant a mile away, can guess a house price to the nearest pound and also rate a breakfast out of 10!
Do you have any irrational fears?
Brillo pads. Which for the young people are “abrasive steel wool pads” … the sound of these being used completely drives me up the wall and sends shivers down my spine.
What’s your favourite movie?
Do you remember when there was a magazine subscription to collect the James Bond movies on VHS? I was that guy. The set cost me a couple of hundred pounds. You can now buy it on Blu-Ray for a lot less. Jokes on me.
Do you have any gossip about another Central FM presenter?
It’s Brian who takes control after me on a Sunday morning … and after countless years of myself presenting Breakfast, he still arrives into the office with a fresh bacon roll and a black coffee for himself every weekend. Even after multiple subtle on-air hints, he still doesn’t make the offer. That said, if you ever forget a song, he’s your man. I’d class him as a human version of Shazam.
Do or did you have any nicknames?
Not any that I’d class as hip unfortunately. Shortened versions of my name; “Dai” or “Daimo” have recently stuck. “Oi you” is also one for some reason – namely from my lovely better half.
What has been your most embarrassing on air moment?There’s probably enough of these to create a blooper reel worthy of appearing on “You’ve Been Framed”. In particular, it’s not great when you drop your mobile phone on the studio keyboard, which causes the audio to go slightly off. Also, us radio people need to plan our trips to the loo very wisely … if we don’t, well … the next song just doesn’t play. That’s happened a few times. Now you know what’s going on when that song just ends … lovely.
Not many people know, but I’m a huge Phil Collins fan. “You’ll Be in My Heart” is one of my favourites.
Night in or night out?
Depends who’s doing the cleaning up. But seriously, can I be on the fence with this one? Sometimes it’s just great to get out of the house. I’m a massive sushi and tapas fan and I generally order too many. The phrase “one’s eyes are bigger than one’s stomach” is definitely my motto when eating out. If it’s a night in, I’m all about about getting a takeaway ordered, find a good DVD and falling asleep on the sofa.
What do you do when you’re not on Central FM?
I’m a Quality Assurance Auditor by day … which a pretty fancy title – but all that it means is that I check other peoples work. It’s a win/win situation for me – as I have a keen eye for attention to detail. Just don’t go checking this for spelling mistakes.
I love 103.1 Central FM because…?
I get to enjoy playing great songs, talking about things that I find intriguing … and doing it all in an area that I love.