Damon Beard

Damon Beard is the nice guy next door; your buddy; older brother and office friend. Damon Beard is all this and so much more to his loyal fans. You can tell by listening to him that this seasoned radio presenter is just a great guy – his warm, honest personality and great sense of humour comes through loud and clear when he’s onair with The Drive With Damon.

Damon Beard genuine care reflects in The Big Favour which, over the years, has seen Damon help hundreds of east coasters, making their dreams come true and lighting up their lives in different ways.

Damon Beard is also a real go-getter and an adrenalin-junkie who doesn’t let anything hold him back. In fact, he conquered his fear of heights and went on to earn his private pilot’s license! It’s this fearless energy that spills over into The Drive with Damon.

During his days on campus, Damon Beard studied Journalism and Psychology and then travelled the world for three years. He started his radio career with East Coast Radio in 1991, presenting a two minute travel feature on a Sunday morning. From there his career grew wings with Damon now heading up his team one of the station’s flagship shows – The Drive with Damon Beard.

 

RADIO BROADCASTING

  • Executive producer and presenter: East Coast Radio
    The Damon Beard Show, Monday to Friday 9am – 12 noon
  • Executive producer and presenter: East Coast Radio
    The Drive with Damon, Monday to Friday 3pm – 6pm
  • Executive producer and presenter: East Coast Radio
    The WorX, Monday to Friday 12pm – 3pm
  • Executive producer and presenter: East Coast Radio
    The Rush Hour Ride, Monday to Friday 3pm – 6pm
  • Executive producer and presenter: East Coast Radio
    The Powerlunch, Monday to Friday 12 – 3pm
  • Morning news anchor: RPN Stereo
    Daryl Illbury’s Breakfast Show, Monday to Friday 6am – 9am
  • Presenter: RPN Stereo
    Saturday and Sunday afternoon, 1pm – 5pm
  • Presenter: RPN Stereo
    Saturday and Sunday evening, 9pm – midnight
  • The East Coast Radio Travel Guide: RPN Stereo
    Sunday morning, 1010am

INTERNATIONAL RADIO

  • The African Experience: Colourful Radio – London
    2006, 2007
  • Virgin Radio (Dubai):    Guest DJ

TELEVISION

  • Damon Does Food I Ten TV Network, Jan 2016 – Nov 2016
  • Sharkbite:                    MNet, Supersport, 2009 – May 2011
  • 3Talk with Nolene:                    SABC 3, June 2010
  • Idols South Africa:                    GO TV, 2007
  • Idols South Africa:                    M Net, 2007
  • Let’s Play:                    DSTV, 2007
  • D-Jays:                    DSTV 2005
  • The World Today:                    SABC 3, July 2004 – February 2005
  • Project Fame:                    M-Net, July 2004
  • Top Billing                    SABC 3, June 2004
  • The Big Brand TV Show:           SABC October 1998 – November 2002
  • The Power Plus TV Show:           M-Net, February 2000 – December 2000
  • The ‘E’ Jays Music Show:           E-TV January 2000

 

 

COMPERED EVENTS

Live Shows
Maynards Beach Festival                                    Margate, Durban, Ballito, 2013, 2014
A Christmas Celebration                                    
Durban Playhouse, December 2014, 2015
Shall We Dance                                                    Durban Playhouse, 2008 – 2016
Mr and Miss uShaka                                           uShaka Marine World, 2010 to 2016
 80’s Rewind Concert                                           Kings Park Stadium, February 2012
Golden Horse Casino                                         
Pietermaritzburg, April 2011
Valentine Show                                                    
Durban Playhouse, February 2008, 2011
Celine Dion World Tour                                      Kings Park Stadium, February 2008
Sports Illustrated Model Search                         Gateway, March 2007
Unite The Stars – Will Young, Ronan Keating    Kings Park Stadium, November 2006
Idols South Africa 2005                                       1 on 1 Conference Centre, Durban Auditions
Ready, Steady, Cook with Ross Burden              Durban Expo Centre, June 2005
Get married at Gateway                                      Gateway, 02 February 2005
University of the Free State Rag Queen              2004
Brian Adams in concert                                       Durban, Kings Park Stadium, 2004
Nedbank South Africa ‘Going for Gold’ Award 2004
The Cancer Association’s ‘Night of 100 Stars’    2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Miss SA Dream Girl                                            2004
Miss Legs South Africa                                        2003
Miss Teen South Africa Regional Semi Finals     2002, 2003
Give Kids the World, South Africa                     2003, 2004, 2005
HRH Queen Elizabeth II Birthday                      2002
HRH Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee                2002
The FNB Vita Awards                                         2000
The British Telecom Voices for Hospice              2000

Conferences
Case Managers Conference                                 Coastlands Hotel, Durban – May 201
Africa Frontiers Forum                                       Oyster Box Hotel – September 2012
Elster Kent Symposium                                       Durban Elangeni Hotel – September 2010
KZN Investor Network Launch                          Durban ICC – May 2010
FIM International Conference                            ICC – October 2008

Exhibitions
NWJ Bridal Fair                                                  Durban Expo Centre; 2011 – 2015
Motorshow SA                                                    Exhibition Centre; March 2013 Homemakers Expo                                              Durban Expo Centre; October 2011 – 2013
The World Young Scientists Expo                       Durban ICC; July 2007

Events
Master Builders Awards                                      ICC – October 2016
Isidingo Security Launch                                   
Isidingo Security Offices – Oct 2016
Colour Run                                                          October 2015, 2016
Lexis Nexis Cycle against Trafficking                
Lexis Nexis Head Office – October 2015
KZN Philharmonic Orchestra                            
Durban City Hall – October 2015
Post Newspaper (Women’s Breakfast)               
Elangeni Hotel – September 2015
Ethekweni Heart Hospital Year End Event       
Coastlands Hotel, Durban – December 2013
PKF Accountants Year End Event                      Greyville Race Course – December 2012
Old Mutual Greenlight Corporate Dinner          Coastlands Hotel – November 2012
Shoprite Checkers Store Opening                       Durban North – November 2012
Thompsons Africa Year End Event                    Protea Hotel Umhlanga – November 2012 East Coast Radio Comedy Roadshow                 Durban, JNB and CPT – November 2012
King Shaka International Airport May Day       King Shaka International Airport – May 2012 BASF Launch                                                       Oyster Box Hotel – March 2012
Edgars Store Launch                                          Gateway Mall – March 2012
Hankook Tyres South African Gala Dinner        1 on 1 Conference Centre – July 2010
Standard Bank Annual Awards                          ICC – December 2007
The KPMG Business Relay                                 Kings Park Stadium – November 2006, 2011
The RBCT Annual Relay                                    Richards Bay – July 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Tala Bridal Fair                                                   Tala Game Reserve – February 2006, 2011
Caprice, South Africa Tour (Durban Leg)          Pavillion and Gateway – February 2006
Quest Personnel Awards                                     ICC – April 2005, 2006, 2007
Netcare South Africa Awards                              2004
Edcon South Africa Long Service Awards          2003, 2004
ACSA – Annual Award Ceremony                     2004
British Airways Business Excellence Awards      2004
Seekers/American Express Travel Awards        2001 – 2006

RADIO INTERVIEWS

  • Nik Kershaw                                                                              October 2014
  • Heather Small                                                                              October 2014
  • Kyle Cook (Matchbox 20) September 2012
  • Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May (Top Gear) June 2012
  • James May (Top Gear)                                                                     2012
  • Jeff Dunham                                                                              March 2012
  • Kevin Bloody Wilson                                                                     July 2011
  • Counting Crows                                                                              June 2008
  • James Blunt                                                                              June 2008
  • Shaggy                                                                              2006
  • Marcos Hernandes                                                                    2006

CINEMA

  • Soccer – South of the Umbilo
    July 2010

MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING

  • Overcoming your fears – focusing on the fear of flying and Setting Personal Goals
  • The East Coast Radio Big Favour 

AWARDS

  • MTN Radio Awards:          Nomination – Best Afternoon Drive Presenter 2014
  • MTN Radio Awards:           Nomination – Best Afternoon Drive Show 2014
  • MTN Radio Awards:           Nomination – Best Community Project, Big Favour 2014
  • MTN Radio Awards:           Nomination – Best Promotion / Stunt 2014
  • MTN Radio Awards:           Winner – Best Promotion / Stunt 2014
  • MTN Radio Awards:           Nomination – Best Promotion / Stunt 2013
  • MTN Radio Awards:           Winner – Best Promotion / Stunt 2013
  • MTN Radio Awards:           Nomination – Best Community Project 2013
  • Kagiso Media:           Winner – Best Pre-Produced Piece 2013
  • Kagiso Media:           Winner – Best Pre-Produced Piece 2012
  • Kagiso Media:           Runner up – Best Moment 2012
  • MTN Radio Awards:           Nomination – Best Afternoon Drive Show Host 2012
  • MTN Radio Awards:           Nomination – Best Afternoon Drive Show 2012
  • Copydog Fools Award: Radio Personality of the year 2006
  • Honorary Membership: Rotary Club of Umhlanga
  • Merit Award:           Rotary Club of Umhlanga
  • Service above Self Award: Rotary Club of Durban Berea
  • Certificate of Appreciation: Club of Cowies Hill
  • Vocational Service Award: Rotary Club of Durban Thekweni

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BOOKS

  • Damon Beard’s Powerlunch Riddles
    Best Seller (Exclusive Books)

SUPPORTED CHARITIES

  • Reach for a Dream South Africa
  • The Highway Hospice
  • The CANSA Association of South Africa
  • SPCA / Animal Action
  • Whizz Kids Special Needs School

BRAND AMBASSADOR / SPONSORS

  • Protea Hotels by Marriott – Durban Edward 2016, 2017
  • Virgin Active 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Maxivit 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • McCarthy Nissan Gateway           2015, 2016, 2017
  • Samsonite                                                                              2016, 2017
  • Blue Security 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Saints Media 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Goodfellas 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Jockey 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Hunter MMA 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Maxivit 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • The Spa on Fairway 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

 

  • uShaka Marine World  2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Audi Centre Umhlanga 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Three Cities Royal Palm Hotel 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Laser Lipo                                                                              2014, 2015
  • Signature Life Hotels                                       2010, 2011, 2012
  • AtomGate 2010, 2011, 2012

ACHIEVEMENTS

MTN Radio Awards Winner                                                  2013, 2014, 2015

The Old Mutual Two Oceans marathon                                2014, 2015, 2016

Tour D’urban                                                                                   2014, 2015

Unlimited Dusi Canoe Marathon                                                              2013

 

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