Sam Darlaston

Presenter, KISS UK & KISS Fresh

Biography

Sam Darlaston currently presents KISS FM’s weekend afternoons 2-5pm as part of the duo Sam & Omah and solo on new music station Kiss Fresh on weekday mornings. He’s also a continuity announcer for Channel 4 and E4; making him one of the most recognisable voices in the UK.

RADIO & VOICEOVER
Sam Darlaston rose to prominence in 2015 after triumphing in the nationwide presenter search for Kiss FM’s “Chosen One”.

After holding down his own Kiss Fresh radio show for over two years and a series of covers on Kiss FM (KISS breakfast, late show and flagship Kisstory), Sam landed his own slot on Kiss FM in 2018 by being awarded the Late Show (10pm to midnight) and quickly seeing it extended to 11pm – 2am across the UK, 4 nights a week Sunday to Wednesday! This, he hosted until the end of 2020. In the summer of 2020 Sam became part of KISS FM’s latest on-air duo Sam & Omah, who now host the weekend afternoon slot, Sat & Sun 2-5pm. In their first 6 months of being a duo they’ve gone on to cover KISS Breakfast, and KISS Drive (4-7pm) on many occasions.

In early 2020, after being featured in many radio ads for Hollyoaks, Sam Joined Channel 4 and became a regular continuity announcer for E4, and has since gone on to announce on Channel 4 too.

In October 2017, Sam was named by The Radio Academy as one of the “30 Under 30” Ones To Watch working in radio in the UK at the ARIA Awards and the only commercial radio broadcaster to be included.

TV & ONLINE
During his time at KISS, Sam has become a prominent online & televisual figurehead for them. He has worked on many press junket interviews, red carpets, events, backstage reporting and filmed collaborations with an array of different big name outlets including:

Divergent (Allegiant), Now You See Me 2, Transformers, Kingsman The Golden Circle, Batman VS Superman, Captain America, Detective Pikachu Movie, Fast & Furious, SKY Q, Netflix, Game Of Thrones, Stranger Things, The Crown, Westworld, Hollyoaks collaborations, Lucozade campaigns, The Brit Awards, Bestival, Thorpe Park Fright Nights, KISS Haunted House Party. Across these campaigns he has worked internationally – filming in over 14 different countries, and has interviewed high profile stars far and wide from Mark Wahlberg to Colin Firth in the movie world, and anyone from Anne-Marie to Sean Paul in the music world.

In December 2018 Sam starred in Channel 5 TV series When Christmas Goes Horribly Wrong, and when TV Animals Go Horribly Wrong as one of their presenters commenting on the footage. He then worked with the same production company again to film When Popstars Go Horribly Wrong in 2020 which aired on Comedy Central and Channel 5.

A growing online presence, Sam has accumulated around 50,000 followers on Tik Tok, with a parody Peppa Pig video he made racking up over 3 million views alone.

In summer 2020, while the nation was in lockdown, Sam found 7 caterpillars at the head of a broccoli, instead of throwing it away, Sam decided to raise the caterpillars as his own and document it in a thread on twitter… This lead to one of the most viral success stories of the year as they all became butterflies and then were released. The thread gained around 7,000,000 impressions on twitter, and over 100,000 likes and retweets, this lead to articles in Business Insider, Huffington Post USA, Mirror, Metro, Daily Mail, Evening Standard, The Dodo, LADbible, ITV, Yahoo! and many more local and international press outlets.

The interest in the caterpillars/butterflies was ever-growing, and Sam was interviewed by Jeremy Vine on BBC radio 2, Jason Manford on Absolute, and then made TV appearances on Fox News, Good Morning America, and Buzzfeed News. Sam and the caterpillar story even reached as far as Radio New Zealand, and since, Sam and the broccoli caterpillars have been immortalised in print in Ripley’s Believe it or Not.

DJING
Since joining the radio world, Sam has DJ’d and compered events across the UK spanning festivals, universities, nightclubs, private events and football stadiums! Whilst performing at many events as the headline artiste, he’s also supported the likes of Craig David, Years & Years and Jax Jones amongst others. In the summer 2018 Sam partnered with fashion store TOPMAN in a fashion/music based collaboration, where he became their in house DJ for private shopping events. He DJ’d at the X Factor Final 2018 Wrap Party in London Wembley. In recent years he has DJed at festivals including KISSTORY on the Common 2019, and for Pot Noodle TV in 2020.

Media

Credits

  • Presenter, KISS Weekends
  • Presenter, KISS Fresh Weekdays (5-7am)
  • Presenter, KISS FM's Late Show (11pm-2am)
  • Presenter, KISS Fresh New Music Nights (7-9pm)
  • Radio Academy 30 Under 30 Winner 2017
  • TV presenter, Ocean Generation, Youtube Livestream
  • KISS FM's Chosen One Winner 2015
  • Presenter, RADIO LAB, University of Bedfordshire

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