Dance FM have moved beyond just being an excellently programmed station, and launched their prime-time drive-time shows, with Danny Cee’s Rude Awakenings running every weekday breakfast and Dave Cleary commandeering the coveted afternoon slot. We caught up with the award-winning DJ to find out what’s in store…
Why does Dubai need Dance FM?
I think people have been crying out for something different, and finally Dance FM has arrived. Dubai is a massive player in the world now especially when it comes to music, events and festivals and a massive nightlife scene.
And how will your shows compliment what’s already on the air waves?
It will add a warm friendly feel, getting you through the day and ride home a bit easier and take your mind off being stuck in traffic.
Will you get to program your own music for the shows? And if so, what’s your current favourite dance music track?
I think it can be dangerous if radio presenters play what they want as it can become too biased. The music at Dance FM has been carefully programed to play the best and freshest feel good dance music. As for my favorite track at the moment, it’s got to be Jax Jones ‘You Don’t Know Me’.
What’s your radio history in the UAE?
My first radio gig in this country was back in 1997 in Ajman, I was part of the initial team of the very first commercial radio station in the country. I think radio has really progressed in the country and is now very respected.
How interactive and social is your show, what games and listener competitions do you have planned?
Yes! I’ve got some fun things on the show, you want to win cash? Well you can with Destination Dave that happens daily at 4.30pm on Dance FM. But the main thing is that we can have a laugh together on the show!
Who are your radio idols, who do you look up to in the radio world?
When it comes idols, I’m a massive fan of the North American radio scene, especially in some of the big Canadian cities like Toronto and Vancouver.
And why should people tune into your show?
Because I was an only child, the whole world is against me and the world owes me something… that’s why.
Danny Cee’s Rude Awakening Weekday mornings 6am–10am
Loud and Cleary with Dave Cleary Weekday drive time 4pm–8pm97.8FM, dancefm.com