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David Worrall

Leaving Cooper's Company and Coborn School in Upminster after his GCSEs, David studied for a diploma and trained for two years at Colin's Performing Arts in Romford. He went on to spend four years in the entertainment industry at bingo halls, holiday parks and in Pantomime. He worked across the country, and became Entertainments Manager for John Fowler Holidays in Cornwall in 2008.

David now works for the NHS but has always had a keen interest in radio. From a very young age, he used to accompany his father to Goodmayes Hospital Radio to assist with his programmes, and record his own radio shows at home onto cassettes and reel-to-reels. He starting working in radio professionally at the tender age of 15, and has presented a number of shows on Phoenix FM since it went full-time in 2007.

All about David ...

Favourite bands/artists

Maybe I shouldn't admit this but as a kid I was a member of the official Spice Girls fan club. I remember going to see them live at Wembley Arena, buying the t-shirt and everything. When Melanie C and Geri Halliwell released their debut albums I would play them constantly on my CD player.

I've always regarded listening to albums on repeat, and going (or at least wanting to go) to see an artist perform live as a good indication that you like their music more than the next artist's. Nowadays I can say that's true of the Scissor Sisters, Michael Buble and Lady Gaga. Having said that, my tastes are fairly broad and as long as it's not R&B or jungle, there's a good chance I'll half like it.

Favourite singles/tracks

This isn't quite as easy. There are lots of songs I like for lots of different reasons. If I was put on the spot I'd probably opt for Hot Chip's 'Ready For The Floor' and the Whip's 'Sister Siam' as two of my favourite songs ... but ask me tomorrow and I may give you a completely different answer!

Favourite albums

If I want to chill out, perhaps unwind in a soapy bath or enjoy a glass of wine at the end of a hard day, Damien Rice's 'O' is the perfect album to accompany me. I think the guy has such incredible emotion in his voice and I like to hear that.

Favourite books

Does the Sun newspaper count? I'm not the biggest bookworm but one series of novels that always did tickle my fancy was Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole diaries. My Dad used to read them and then we did an excerpt from them in a school play when I was younger. The rest as they say is history.

Favourite TV and films

My week isn't complete without a helping of Eastenders and Coronation Street. American sitcoms like Friends and Will And Grace are great for a giggle although I must've watched every episode of each a dozen times over by now. I remember watching the Friends season finale on a big screen in Times Square in New York, which was fun (plus it was that or go home to bed early as it was my last night there and I'd maxed out my credit cards!). Come Dine With Me is hilarious, simply for the witty banterings of Dave Lamb. Queer As Folk USA and Mile High I tend to watch again and again on DVD, and Mongrels on BBC Three was so funny it made me choke on my squash last week so I'd say that makes that a favourite too.

One other thing I love

My other half who I married in March 2008 - I have to say that otherwise I will get in trouble.

From a young age I've been lost without my mobile phone. I was one of the first people in my class at school to have one. I'm a believer that the more things a mobile can do the better, and to that end I can't wait to upgrade to an iPhone in November.

Another thing that tends to come with me wherever I go is my diary - it tells me where I'm supposed to be when.

I passed my driving test at the age of 19 and spent the first four years driving rust heaps that tended to have things fall off or break in two: namely clutches, gear boxes, brake pads, brake discs... the list goes on. Now I'm the proud owner of a brand new Honda Civic Type S in milano red, which is by far my favourite possession.

One thing I really hate

I cannot abide people being rude to me. Life's too short to deal with rudeness, and it never gets you anywhere, so what is the point?

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