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Ian Daggett

Ian Daggett

Ian Daggett has been with Epsom Hospital Radio since the turn of the century!

You can listen to Ian on Epsom Hospital Radio every Friday night between 8 and 10.

Ian is also Epsom Hospital Radio's Station Manager.

Questions and Answers: 

What's your favourite genre of music?

What do I dislike would be easier? Opera, Country and Western, House, Garage and all that (c)Rap. Someone I worked with once referred to me as “a sad old rocker”, which he found rather amusing until I reminded him the acronym for his station was “Keep it Simple Stupid!”

I first started listening to music towards the end of the ‘60s and lived through the era of disco (‘70s/’80s) so I enjoy good dance tracks too. Having had two teenagers’ meant I had to take interest in the ‘90s and my involvement in Epsom Hospital Radio keeps it up to date. It means my show covers a wide spread of music from the ‘60s to the current day.

When you're not at Epsom Hospital Radio, what are you doing?

Err yes! I do have a life outside of the studio, although some of my fellow presenters think I sleep there every night.
During the day I work as a private hire driver for a company in Sutton.

Hobbies - model railways: built a layout in my loft based loosely on Oxford, which locates it firmly in First Great Western territory. Powered by diesels and DMUS. 

Football - play walking football with Tooting and Mitcham FC.

If you had £1,000,000 to spend on yourself and no-one else what would you spend it on?

Well, I guess a new house would be first and an expensive car!

What is your ideal holiday destination?

Somewhere nice and quiet with very little traffic and some sunshine.

What is your favourite film?

I'm not a great film lover, but I've always enjoyed "Escape to Victory"(football related - surprise surprise) and The Lion King. More recently the Queen film Bohemian Rhapsody and The Keeper, which is about Bert Trautmann who played for Manchester City in the 50s.

What is your favourite TV programme?

I quite enjoy watching things like DIY SOS and the property related programmes, as well as the sports programmes. I walk away from ''reality TV'' shows - things like X Factor, Big Brother drive me mad.

Who is your favourite comedian?

I have always liked 'The Two Ronnies' - the Hardware Shop sketch still has me in stitches even now.

Who is your favourite sports team/star?

My football team is West Ham and has been since the early ‘70s. At that stage everyone else at school followed Chelsea, Palace or Spurs and I wanted to be different. Just think - I could have been an Arsenal fan instead!

My sporting hero in my early days was Gordon Banks, although my eccentric goalkeeping earned me the nickname of 'Sepp' after a West German international during the ‘70s. I also got the nickname 'Bruce' after former Liverpool keeper Bruce Grobelaar when I played for a team that had 3 Ians.

What is your favourite drink?

London Pride or Black Sheep in preference, although any reasonable ale will do. Don't ever buy me a Carling or a Carlsberg or you might have to drink it yourself.

What is your favourite food?

Anything that's not cooked by me or burnt! A “Full English” would be a good start. If I was eating out, I like Greek or Italian but I can survive on McDonalds if I have to.

What inspires you?

The need to provide for my family and the desire to enjoy what I do.

Middle name?

That's covered by the Trust's code of confidentiality....... 

Star sign?

Scorpio, although I'm on the cusp with Libra.

Weird & wonderful talents?

Nothing unusual – although some people say I have a rather deep level of music knowledge – try “Pop Master” with Ken Bruce on Radio 2 and get more than 30 points.

Most treasured belongings?

My collection of football medals, especially the winners ones - and there aren't many of them!

Favourite smell?

These days fresh air and the countryside is nice.

What was the Number 1 single on the day you were born?

The Man From Laramie by Jimmy Young. In 1955, it was JY's second No. 1 in three months and was the theme for a James Stewart Western.

What record drives you mad when you hear it?

I have a "Bottom 10" which includes The Birdie Song, Cotton Eyed Joe, Zombie and Float On - all pretty dire unless you've had several pints (and still might be even then). I've recently seen the list of the 123 songs that have sold a million copies in the UK (and have prepared a couple of shows based on it). That includes one or two "nasties" like Barbie Girl and Long Haired Lover From Liverpool (two more on my list), proof that there's no accounting for people's tastes. For personal reasons in that it reminds me of an ex-girl friend, I'll add One Day In Your Life by Michael Jackson.

What is your favourite album?

Difficult one as a lot of my newer "artist" albums on CD are greatest hits compilations. "Tubular Bells" by Mike Oldfield was one of the first I bought and is still one of my favourites. "Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War Of The Worlds" (the 1978 version) is another. More up to date, "Fallen Empires" by Snow Patrol.

Have you met anyone famous and if so, under what circumstances?

In my job, not many, but I have driven former GMTV presenter Penny Smith, cook Ainsley Harriot and Radio 2 presenter Janice Long. Also, don't tell Margaret but I walked past Cliff Richard at a tennis tournament and he's still alive to tell the tale.

Who is your favourite radio presenter?

When Capital Radio first started back in the mid 70s (and it was a good station to listen to back then), it used to be Nicky Horne. He used to present the Friday night rock show, and on Saturday evenings a show called Six Of The Best - listeners would phone in to nominate six songs for a category he selected.

These days I listen to Absolute Radio, although he's moved to pastures new (Smooth FM Breakfast) Russ Williams was always one of my favourites and I like Andy Bush for his sense of humour and topics he discusses.

My nomination for least favourite ? Neil Fox of Magic.

Apart from your current partner, who would be your ideal dinner date and why?

For a male dinner companion, it would have to be Rod Stewart - we could talk football, music and model railways, also I'd get to find out whether blondes really do have more fun.

For a female dinner date, I guess Gaby Logan - I'd like to find out how good her sports knowledge is without a teleprompter.

If you were marooned on a desert island, what would be the items you'd need most?

Might sound strange but a working radio with a large supply of batteries - I can't manage without my music. Also a tool box so that I can make things to help me survive.