Kris Fade

The radio king getting every day in the UAE off to a good start
ByJasmine BandaliWednesday , 05 March 2014
Ten years from now… I’ll hopefully still be making really good radio and being able to spend more time with my family
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Ten years from now… I’ll hopefully still be making really good radio and being able to spend more time with my family
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© ITP Images
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If ever there was a true definition of a ‘morning person’, Virgin Radio’s Kris is it. It’s just as well for the DJ, who rises at 4.30am daily while most of us are all still resolutely in the land of nod. Tasked with waking up the nation with a smile, Kris was recruited by Virgin Radio in Dubai from his home city of Sydney, Australia, six years ago. His immensely popular morning show has not only seen him bestowed with awards and accolades regionally but on an international level too, when he was named one of the top five radio presenters globally at the Worldwide Radio Summit in 2013. He’s unfazed by being in the company of the many A-listers coming to town – a basketball game with NBA legend Kobe Bryant and beatboxing with Khloé Kardashian are just two perks of the job he enjoyed last year. With his own regional celebrity status boosted as a result, Kris took the opportunity to capitalise on his popularity in 2013 by embarking on his first foray into the business world, designing his own range of watches for a popular international brand for the Middle Eastern market.