Dave Cash is a veteran British radio presenter who works for BBC Radio Kent, having had previous spells at Radio London, BBC Radio 1, Capital Radio, Radio West, Country 1035 and PrimeTime Radio.
Cash was born in Bushey, and grew up in London. He began his career in broadcasting in Canada, where he had gone with the Merchant Navy, and acquired a North American-sounding accent. He returned to the UK in the 1960s and joined Radio London at the age of 21. Once on board with Radio London, Cash teamed up with Kenny Everett for the Kenny & Cash Show, amongst the most successful of all pirate radio programmes.
After Parliament outlawed pirates, Cash joined Radio Luxembourg, then in 1967 he became one of the first-day DJs on Radio One. Cash’s popular Sunday show Cash At Four attracted guest such as Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, John Cleese, Lady Antonia Fraser, Rolf Harris, and David Bellamy.
When he was a pirate radio DJ on Radio London, he asked Tony Benn why he worked for the closure of the pirates. Tony told Dave that “Harold Wilson rang me and said what are you doing about the pirates, I’m listening to them”.
From 1973 Cash worked at Capital for 21 years, reprising the Kenny & Cash Show, hosting COD and the weekend programmes for Capital Gold. Cash currently works for the BBC, broadcasting his popular weekend shows on Saturday and Sunday nights to Radio Kent, BBC Sussex, BBC Surrey, BBC Radio Solent, BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC Oxford.
Dave Cash hosted a few episodes of BBC TV series Top of the Pops. In 1970, Cash wrote and performed The Radio Programme, a twenty-six part sitcom/music show produced at HTV and sold to the ITV network, NBC, and stations across Europe. Guests included Sammy Davis Jr., Richard Harris, and Terry-Thomas. In 1988, he co-wrote and produced At Last It’s Hogmanay with Billy Connolly and Robbie Coltrane for Channel 4.
In 1976, Cash appeared as himself in the cult hit Quadrophenia and in 1979 took a cameo role alongside Dennis Hopper in The American Way.
In 1991, Cash’s first novel The Rating Game made the best-seller charts in four weeks followed in 1993 by All Night Long and King of Clubs in 1995 .In 2006 Cash began working on a book designed to be both an autobiography and a history of pirate radio.