Radio legend David ‘Kid’ Jensen, who has been in the radio industry for over 40 years, visited The Fabulous Showboat family entertainment centre in Hunstanton last week (1st September) to broadcast live on its customer radio station, Jackpot FM.
While on air, David praised staff and customers for their efforts in helping to raise over £500,000 for CHIPS – a charity founded by the UK gaming industry which provides specialised powered wheelchairs for young people with severe mobility problems.
Taking time out of his busy schedule, David met with fans and customers at the venue and was live on air for nearly two hours. He spoke about his career in radio and provided ‘shout outs’ to customers and staff regarded as top CHIPS fundraisers.
Parent company Praesepe Group, which operates four other family entertainment centres plus eight Beacon Bingo clubs and 145 Cashino adult gaming centres across the UK, has so far presented over 100 custom built wheelchairs to children up and down the country since it began working with the CHIPS charity in 2005.
Jackpot FM is played in all Praesepe’s venues and is currently in the middle of a UK roadshow broadcasting from different centres.
Commenting on the visit to Hunstanton, David ‘Kid’ Jensen said: “Today has been great and I believe organisations which dedicate time to raising money for such deserving charities, such as CHIPS, should certainly receive recognition for their efforts.”
He added: “I hope my visit has helped to raise awareness of this fantastic accomplishment by The Fabulous Showboat, Cashino and Beacon Bingo.”
Chris Drake, Jackpot FM DJ, said: “We’ve loved having a famous radio presenter to join us on our roadshow and broadcast on our radio station, Jackpot FM, as have our staff and customers who we are very grateful to for supporting CHIPS. This was another way of saying thank you. The money is going to such a good cause which does so much for disadvantaged children.”
David ‘Kid’ Jensen came to fame broadcasting on Radio Luxembourg, followed by a move to the UK. He acquired the nickname ‘Kid’ since he was the youngest radio presenter in Europe at the time, joining BBC Radio 1 and then Capital Radio for more than a decade, where he became the host of the Nescafe Network Chart Show. He moved onto London’s Heart 106.2 before returning to the Capital Radio Group, this time as the mid-morning presenter on its Gold network.