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Jim Davis occupies the weekday 1pm to 2pm lunchtime slot on LBC radio. Jim is new to LBC in 2007 after coming from an LBC sister station Heart FM which Jim still has a show. Jim was introduced as part of the schedule revamp at the beginning of 2007. Although he's worked in radio for many years this is his first foray into doing a talk radio show and at first listen he clearly seems at ease. Here we give you details about Jim's career, what his show is like, what you can expect to hear, the guests he has and some trivia about Jim you may not know.
Born in 1972 Jim Davis was interested in radio and music as a child and through his teenage years. A turning point came when a cousin invited him to sit in on her BBC radio show. He was immediately taken with radio work and wanted, as he says, to spend his entire career in front of a microphone. This has been the case as Jim has nothing but radio on his CV. This started as many do in far less glamorous surroundings by working as a hospital DJ playing records to the elderly in Windsor and Maidenhead. When this ended he got work for a station called Signal Radio in 1996.
At Signal Radio Jim Davis spent a total of 6 years and was promoted to the important breakfast show where he drew a loyal following and increased the stations ratings. He also worked behind the scenes for the station dealing with the music output. This culminated in Jim being made head of music for the group that owned the station and today he still works as a music consultant. Jim then moved to Heart FM (then called Century) in 2002 and got promoted to the breakfast show where he again successfully raised the station's profile and audience figures. He still works for Heart FM but in a lesser role hosting a "club classics" music show on Friday at 7pm to 2am and Saturday at 6pm to 2am.
Jim Davis' new show on LBC is entitled "Lifestyle, Health and Wellbeing" which starting in January is an ideal time for a show like this as many look inwardly to their lifestyle at this time of year. Jim has a clear interest and enthusiasm in these subjects and this is reflected in his show which may be like talking about a hobby for him. This is one of the few shows on LBC that have a theme as most presenters just accept callers on any subject. Jim has a similar personality and actually sounds similar to James O'Brien . They both express their thoughts and opinions in a similar way. Jim's show is interspersed with callers and guests for which he only has an hour to cover what is a very large topic.
One of the features of the Jim Davis show on are the guests. During the hour he may have up to two on the same day. The show's topic being "lifestyle, health and wellbeing" the guests featured all have expertise of relevance. This can be quite varied and include a life coach, an author of a success orientated book and a television health expert. Dr Gillian McKeith who is famous for analysing people's poo on her television show to diagnose nutritional problems is a monthly guest. Her expertise is as a clinical nutritionist. Joanna Hall is a guest every other week. Joanna is an expert in diet and fitness who has written many books and has appeared on television shows. Dr Lawrence Gerlis is the LBC doctor and answers general GP type questions. Mark Bailey a clinical and analytical hypnotherapist appears on the show weekly to help callers achieve their potential in life.
One regular feature on the Jim Davis LBC radio show is Jim's juice of the day . This is where Jim gives a recipe for a healthy smoothie drink on the show. Jim as well as giving the ingredients for the recipe explains the benefit of each ingredient in terms of your health and fitness. This will often be the slow release energy that fruits provide, the vitamins and minerals milk contains and other healthy aspects of various ingredients. On a Friday Jim has a naughty weekend smoothy and this usually contains alcohol as part of the ingredient. The smoothies are a nice addition to the show but may not be easy to follow straight from the broadcast. So every recipe for the week is shown on the LBC website and the above link goes to that page.
Overall the Jim Davis show is a great addition to the LBC schedule. It is a bit strange the show only being an hour long. You get the impression this an experiment on the part of LBC management to see if Jim would succeed in talk radio and to see if the subject would be popular. I think Jim has succeeded in both regards, he has shown through the topics he chooses and the guests he has that there is enough variety to warrant the show and one that is entertaining to listen to. A lot of the callers and emails request a longer time slot but you wonder if the show would be equally as good if it lasted longer. The Jim Davis show is definitely worth listening to if you're near a radio at that time of day or alternatively catch it on the LBC plus podcasting service.
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