DaisyChain PR Q&A: Downsy (SAMfm)

DaisyChain PR boasts some great supporters and we thought it was a nice idea to find out what makes them tick and share that with you. This month, we catch up with Ian Downs – aka SAMfm presenter Downsy.

The DJ, radio presenter, sports commentator, dog lover, musical theatre aficionado, charity worker and soon-to-be Mr Reed-Downs, is a busy boy, and that’s the way he likes it.

You can catch Downsy on SAMfm between 3pm-7pm on weekdays, 8am-12pm on Saturdays and on his SAMfm Rocks Rugby show between 1pm-4pm on Sundays.

DaisyChain: Where’s your ’happy place’?

Ian Downs: My happy place is a bench in Portishead. It’s right on the top of Battery Point and looks out across the Estuary to Wales and beyond. It’s rugged and open to all the elements. A great place to sit and reflect on life. I often thank Clifford and Alice Heap to whom the bench is dedicated. I reckon we’d have been great pals.

DC: Where do you love to walk the dog?

ID: Cassie, my 11-year-old Collie/Lab/Lurcher, is a squirrel hunter, so she’s a big fan of Leigh Woods and Ashton Court in Bristol. She’s also a big swimmer too, so we head over to Gower, South Wales a fair amount to visit family and she’s always keen on a trip to the beach. We’re big fans of Llangennith and Three Cliffs Bay.

DC: And your favourite watering hole?

ID: I’m not much of a drinker (anymore!). High-days and holidays only really. I love being outside though, so The Royal in Portishead has a great beer garden, The Cottage on Bristol’s Harbourside is fantastic when it’s sunny but I’d probably say cwtched up on the sofa with my fiancé would be my favourite!

DC: What’s your best quality?

ID: Gosh, big question. I like to think I have a big heart and am a very positive person. I believe that everything happens for a reason, and that instead of moaning and being negative, we should use our mistakes and learn from them rather than let them drag us down. I’d like to think I’m a battery to people … rather than someone that might drain theirs.

DC: And your worst?

ID: I’m greedy. I eat FAR more than is EVER necessary. When I got to 22 stone I knew it was time to exercise some self-control, but even though I’m now back down to 16 stone now, I still LOVE food and will always eat 12 profiteroles where 4 would probably have sufficed.

DC: What’s your guilty pleasure?

ID: Bullseye, The Carpenters and sucking my thumb.

DC: What’s your most listened to album?

ID: Roxette ‘Tourism’. Roxette are highly underrated in my opinion! REM’s ‘Automatic for The People’ also features highly, along with the soundtrack to Wicked.

Ian ‘Downsy’ Downs in his natural habitat – behind the mic

DC: What was the last live show you saw?

ID: Wicked at The Hippodrome … it was my 30th time seeing the show.

DC: What’s at the top of your bucket list?

ID: As I’m not allowed to be a train driver or a pilot because of the severity of my colour blindness, it would have to be learning to ride horses. They are such beautiful animals and being out in the countryside exploring nature on horseback would definitely tick that box!

DC: Have you got a secret skill?

ID: I’m a Grade 8 pianist … shhh!

DC: Football or Rugby?

ID: Tough question as I work professionally in both. I grew up playing rugby and came to football later in life, so I’ll always have a passion for the squashy ball.

DC: Who or what makes you laugh?

ID: My fiancé – he’s absolutely hilarious and makes me laugh every single day. I’m so lucky to have met my soul mate, we can be in stiches doing the most mundane of things, it’s one of the things I love about our relationship the most, it’s just such fun.

DC: How would you like to be remembered?

ID: I’d like to be remembered as someone who brought laughter, love and positivity into people’s lives. When I talk about my mum who passed away when I was 22, I talk about the room lighting up as soon as she walked into it. I guess I’d like people to say the same about me.

DC: Happiness is…

ID: Joggers on, pizza ordered, on the sofa watching boxsets with the dog one side and Ethan on the other.

DC: What’s in store for 2018?

ID: At work Back on SAMfm full time doing Drivetime and juggling that with Bristol City stadium announcing duties and presenting for Bristol Rugby. At home, we’re counting down the days to our wedding, so from July 21st I’ll be Ian Reed-Downs!

DaisyChain PR

DaisyChain PR is an effective, honest and bespoke PR service.

The company was forged as a result of a highly effective working relationship between former Bristol Post Features Writer Natalie Banyard and ex-Bristol Hippodrome Press Officer Sarah Milne.

Through our network of contacts and combined 40+ years of experience, plus our driven, hard-working and friendly approach, we secure as much media and web coverage as we can for our clients.

And in terms of costs, we can offer personalised packages at highly competitive rates (including hourly) for those on a tight budget.

Simply visit daisychainprlimited.com to start the ball rolling.

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