Lee Francis

Jack of all trades etc.

I currently live in Leeds originally from Plymouth, Devon.

I formed an early passion for radio at the age of 10 after spending many summer holidays listening to pirate radio off the Kent coast while visiting my grandparents.

I grew up in the 80’s listening to Madonna, Culture Club, Wham and have fond memories of wanting to be a DJ. One weekend I took myself off to London and spent the whole day visiting stations and asking to look around grabbing stickers and photo cards of the presenters. At the time I was lucky enough to be shown around Kiss FM and Capital Radio. Sadly I never got to present on-air at either station.

I continued to send off my demo tapes and joined Hospital Radio Plymouth in 1990. Since then I have had the opportunity to present on a couple of ex-pat stations in Portugal and Tenerife at Kiss FM Algarve and Oasis FM. Fast forward a few years and I got my first gig presenting the weekend late show where I met Ian Starling at Exeter FM and was lucky enough to be part of the launch team. 

Since then I moved to Leeds in Yorkshire, and gained a degree in journalism and spent a couple of years reading news bulletins as a freelancer for UKRD and Bauer Media in Yorkshire and West Norfolk.

Due to major changes in the industry, I took a break for a few months and volunteered for a local community station in West Yorkshire called Rhubarb Smoothies Radio which I’m still involved with also in my spare time.

I’ve kept in touch with Ian over the years and I’m now pleased to be helping behind the scenes at Diamond Radio UK.

It may surprise you to know that I’m also the stations website content editor.  When I’m not on the air you can find me adding bits and pieces to the website and drinking Tea / Coffee or anything alcoholic after 5pm, depending on what kind of day I have had.

You can listen to me every Saturday afternoon between 1 pm and 3 pm as I captain the good ship Diamond Life through the decades playing the music of our lives and more music at the weekend.

© 2021 RadioM8 Limited - Website Design LP Media