Anthony Davis is a British broadcaster with an enormous creative range. His earliest inspiration in show business was courtesy of a meeting with Paul Winchell, voice of Tigger. At fourteen Anthony appeared in BBC sitcoms and drama including ‘Grange Hill’, ‘Tricky Business’ and ‘Press Gang’ in the late eighties, earning him a place in the Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy.
After drama school in London, he worked in Selfridges, Harrods and Hamleys, demonstrating magic tricks by day and performing comedy by night. Anthony used his salary to fund driving lessons and at eighteen hit the road in an A-reg Mitsubishi Colt, to perform in the modern equivalent of the variety genre, corporate entertainment.
Anthony spent the next fifteen years writing, producing and compering annual conferences, trade shows and sales launches for many of the UK’s largest firms and blue chip companies. His ideas and conceptual productions were increasingly lavish and he became known as the Busby Barclay of the business world.
Anthony came into his own as a speech writer and coach, training executives in presentation skills and business plan delivery. By the age of 25, Anthony had accrued over 400 clients, giving him an exclusive insight into the corporate sector.
Anthony’s versatility enabled him to keep crossing over into the media, making appearances on television, radio and film, whilst announcing, hosting and voicing major events and advertising campaigns. These years were an essential apprenticeship in entertainment, show business and the creative arts.
His interest in politics began after hosting a 1997 Election Night special for The Economist. During contracts with ITV London and Carlton Television he worked on Late Night London, The London Debate, Who Wants to be a London Mayor, The G8 Debate, Thursday Night Live, Late Night Live and many other incarnations of television debate programmes with live studio audiences. With his A-Z knowledge of the London region, Anthony proved popular with audiences and television executives alike and he found continued employment in this genre, up to and including the London Mayor ‘You Decide’ programme in 2008. His television quiz show, Stake Out is still shown today on Challenge TV.
Inevitably, Anthony decided to leave much of his live performance work behind to focus full time on his secret passion, radio. He had practiced the craft since the age of eighteen at the Great Ormond Street Hospital radio GOSH. Anthony joined the Capital Radio Group in 2003 and spent the next few years building a loyal following on Capital Life, theJazz and Jazz FM, culminating in a move to LBC 97.3 in 2006.
As a speech radio broadcaster, Anthony was able to bring all his skills learned in business, entertainment and media together, serving London, his city with passion and wisdom, advising on social affairs and civil issues, listening and learning about the views of Londoners. Anthony’s instinct, humour and charm became a ratings success for LBC, resulting in the highest audience share in the station’s history (23.5% market share).
In January 2014, and after 8 years of late nights, Anthony stepped down from his LBC talk show to host the ‘Smooth Drive Home’ on Smooth Radio across the UK, weekdays at 4pm. His new sensible working hours have enabled him time to return to acting, writing, comedy and magic, fulfilling a lifelong ambition to never grow up.