Radio Presenter, Ian ‘Knocka’ Dore

On leaving the Army in 1997, Ian set his sights on Radio. He missed but in 1998, he double tapped his very own show and after hassling the governor for months, got a whole fifteen minutes on Isle of Wight. Regretfully one year down the line after an incident with his car, some beer and a lamp post he was ‘resigned’. Ever the underdog he quickly reappeared on the Souths Biggest Radio Station, Power FM. From there the story just kept building. Going full circle he founded his own station in Bath, Bath City Sound and this has morphed into an awesome new Youth Radio project, Youth Radio Rocks.

Stepping up to the Mic

107.9 Bath FM

Ian chillin at Bath FM

Ian was head hunted ( corporate saying ) by Bath FM to revamp and rejuvenate their breakfast show in Jan 2007. Figures wise within 3 months the show had jumped from 1.8% to 4.7% within the broadcast area. Stacking ninety plus outside broadcasts under his belt across the year, the show went from strength to strength and the profile of the station grew.

In his final quarter at Bath he helped increase the reach by 30.5% and the share by another 25.9%. However as a result new management, along with the rest of the team, he decided it was time to move on and stepped away on January the 8th 2009. It was a fabulous 2 years with many fond memories.

107.5 Sovereign Radio

Ian at Sovereign Radio

Ian was recruited in May 2006 to raise the profile of the breakfast show and to generate new revenue leads. They were looking for a dynamic presenter who was outgoing and warm, who wasn’t afraid to get ‘out there’.

Ian helped tie up cross marketing deals with local businesses to push the show and reinforce the brand. In his time there the station saw a significant increase in RAJAR and the profile of the station rise. Ian walked on hot coals, spent a night in a haunted house and took part in the Star Voice challenge where his singing broke wine glasses. Shocking. Ultimately though, though the offer of a lifetime came along and he left for a more rewarding gig.

Isle of Wight Radio part 2

Ian back at Isle of Wight Radio

Re -Recruited by Isle of Wight Radio to front up a new groove Sundy night show, The Sunday Sessions were born. Featuring top music including new releases and some old skool classic the music policy was irreverent and fresh. Throw into the mixing pot interviews with the likes of Derren Brown, M-People, Artful Dodger, Ken Dodd, Al Murray, Darth Vader and a bunch of moon walking astronauts including Buzz Aldrin, it was a winner. The Sunday Session progressed and added a Saturday session to the weekend which was a full on Dance music fest.

A couple of years down the line Ian was covering drivetime on a regular basis and had moved his show to a Saturday morning slot with ‘Ian Dore Presents’. Over the year his show came live from the Garlic Festival, Chale Show, Steam Show plus a myriad of other locations including the behemoth that was the Extreme Machines Fun day. A charity gig put together by he and James. Success loomed and he was cherry picked to the mainland for a full time breakfast gig.

103.2 Power FM

Ian giving large at Power FM

Recruited by Power FM to be the DJ / Presenter that took their new music show onto the air with a ground breaking approach to the dance music scene. Within 6 months of it launch it had raised the Saturday night figures by 50%. Whilst doing the show Ian took part in a number of gigs to help raise the profile of the station and help increase revenue streams. This also included a large number of outside broadcasts and the famous ‘Power in the Park’ gigs.

Whilst at Power FM the DJ gigs picked up and he found himself playing at some prestigious gigs across the South Coast. At the same time he was also chosen as a resident for the infamous Miss Moneypenny’s nights, as it toured the South.

Isle of Wight Radio Part 1

Ian starting off at Isle of Wight Radio in 1998

Produced and presented Isle of Wight Radio’s first ever dance music show. Ian was left to his own devices to programme a show that would appeal to the younger listeners and target an untapped market. To build the show up he did several live broadcasts from nightclubs including broadcasting live from The Balcony with Judge Jules and coming live from Temptation nightclub in Newport. He also helped to the market the show producing the flyers and posters. Not only a first for the Island but the first dance show on the south coast.

Some groovy Radio Achievements


  • Doubled the Bath FM breakfast show ratings from 2007 to 2008
  • Hosted the RAF benevolent fund charity auction with Buzz Aldrin raising over £20,000
  • Was the voice of the UK School games live on ITV and Bath FM
  • Raised £5000 in 7 hours for the Quarriers charity to build a sensory garden for disabled children in Bath
  • Hosted the Toni & Guy fashion show at the Egg Theatre in Bath, Raising more than £10,000 for charity
  • Planned, coordinated and hosted the ‘Extreme Machines Fun Day’ which raised £4500 for Macmillan
  • Was the first presenter in the UK to Ebay a radio show

Morning M’darlin….