Dan O'Connell


Dan’s a northern lad who’s been on the radio since he was 18.

He’s the Radio X afternoon host from 1pm-4pm.

He spent almost 3 years as XFM’s drivetime presenter, broadcasting across the UK, every weekday afternoon from 4pm. He started at XFM in 2010, having previously worked on the old Galaxy network (now Capital FM) from 2005 to 2009.

Dan made his TV presenting debut early in 2012, hosting the brilliant Channel 4 music series ‘Launched at Red Bull Studios’, in which he interviewed the hotly tipped acts for 2012 over 10 episodes. Most recently he’s made a series of travel films across Europe, for Mercedes & Avis.

With a passion for live events, Dan has a long history of involvement in a variety of festivals – having spent 10 weekends at festivals last year reporting for Radio X.

He’s been on stage in front of 50,000 people at Party in the Park; covered the Mercury Music Prize live from the awards and spent a month hosting shows for XFM and Coors Light from the top of a mountain in Val d’Isere. He’s also DJ’ed at many festivals – ranging from Lovebox to Secret Garden Party.

Dan’s also a sought-after voice over artist. He’s been the voice of QUEST, Discovery’s ‘rough and tough’ adventure channel and can also be heard on ITV2 and ITV4. At the moment, you can hear him doing “serious”, right across Investigation Discovery in the U.K. and Europe. Dan regularly lends his voice to numerous TV and Radio ads.

His warm and charming attitude puts his guests at ease, always leading to intelligent and inspiring interviews, be they on or off camera.

Away from music, Dan has a huge passion for travel and winter sports.

He also plays the bagpipes, and was once tipped as a future star of Hammer for Team GB after coming third in the Scottish Schools Athletics Championship. Unfortunately, it was later revealed only 3 people had entered, and he was awarded the bronze medal by default. Still counts…

Dan O'Connell Associated Brands

Dan O'Connell Associated Brands

Help For Heroes
March 10th, 2019

On May 18th 2019, I’m going to be running Tough Mudder with Help For Heroes, at Belvoir Castle. They’re an incredible charity that work with military veterans and their families, both physically and mentally, but also on their journey back to civvy street. I spent the day at one of their recovery centres to see what the money we raise will be spent on. And I also got a chance to have a chat with a few people who directly benefit from their vital work. If you fancy the challenge of running yourself, and raising some money for them, check out the details here: http://bit.do/eLwTu

Brits Week with Warchild
February 23rd, 2019

We’ve just finished another incredible Brits Week. This year we had shows with The 1975, Nick Mulvey, You Me at 6, and so many more. In the last 10 years, over £4 million has been raised at these gigs! All that money goes directly to kids in conflict zones that need our support. It is making a direct change in the lives of people who need it the most. A huge thanks from me and everybody who works bloody hard on making this all happen.

The Global Awards 2019
January 31st, 2019

I’m really looking forward to hosting the backstage area for Radio X again this year. I’ll be chatting to all the bands and artists as they arrive on the Blue carpet, and getting the winners reactions as they come off stage. Hear from The Stereophonics, Blossoms, Ylang Ylang, Mark Ronson, Jade Bird and lots more on the night! Join me, from 5pm, live on Radio X, Thursday March 7th 2019.


Dan most recently presented Launched at Red Bull Studios. This was a 10 part series for Channel 4/Globe Productions. The show was based around showcasing 10 of the biggest new bands and artists. Dan has a keen interest in music based television and documentaries.

Back to Work


Starting out at Viking FM in 2000, Dan worked behind the scenes on everything from the breakfast show to Friday Night Kiss.

During his time at university in Leeds, he spent a year working at the student radio station, LSRFM, doing his first “proper radio show”. After finishing his degree, he won a silver student radio award, which led to him being offered the overnight show at Viking FM.

He later moved to Galaxy (now CapitalFM) to present drivetime and weekends across the network. In 2010, he was asked to host the XFM afternoon show, which he went on to present for 2 years.

Shows on Kiss FM and NME Radio followed, with Dan returning to XFM in late 2012, to host drivetime and ‘The Weekender’.

You can currently hear Dan weekdays on Radio X, 1pm-4pm. And Saturday nights from 7pm.

Back to Work


As a voice over, Dan has worked across the board on projects for loads of different clients. His commercial work in the music industry has included campaigns for everybody from Ed Sheeran to the Swedish House Mafia. Other commercial clients include P&G, Smirnoff, Bacardi, Microsoft, Disney and Barclays.

With continuity, Dan has been the voice of Quest, ITV2 and ITV4. He can currently be heard on Investigation Discovery. His work has also included enhancing the second screen experience for ITV, through live continuity and viewer interaction.

Dan’s natural with a touch of northern. Check out his latest work:

For Voice Over Enquiries contact: natalie@wisebuddah.com

Full studio available with ISDN and Audio TX. Files can be delivered as required via WAV, FTP, MP3 or CD.

Back to Work


Dan has DJ’ed at some of the biggest events in the UK and around Europe. From Lovebox and Secret Garden Party to Gatecrasher and The Alps.

He also plays corporate parties and has worked with lots of different brands including Coca Cola, Coors Light, LFW, and WKD

For DJ Bookings and Corporate Events email: natalie@wisebuddah.com

Back to Work

Blog 50 – So long big man…
May 29th, 2018

So long big man… I’m ready. I’ve been ready since i was 9 years old. Big man culture is dying, and i’m ready to carry the coffin right into the incinerator. It’s poisonous domination has lived among us for too long, and every single time I see someone go against it’s abrasive, brash grain, I … Continue reading “Blog 50 – So long big man…”

December 20th, 2017

Jade Bird In the modern vernacular, this girl’s voice is EVERYTHING. Jade was a fellow military brat, schlepping around the world like the the littlest hobo. She moved to London at 16 to make a career out of music, and 4 years later she’s finally starting to get some recognition. File next to Laura Marling … Continue reading “BLOG 49 – NEW MUSIC: THE BEST OF 2017…PART 2”

Blog 48 – Trolling
December 18th, 2017

I started working in radio at the age of 18. It was the year 2000. We’d just survived the millennium bug. The computers hadn’t imploded, or ended civilisation as we knew it. Phew. Text messaging was also being embraced at stations across the world. SMS was really “taking off”, according to one boss. “What?!” blurted … Continue reading “Blog 48 – Trolling”

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Dan is a proud supporter of various projects around the world. Take a look some of the charities that are close to Dan’s heart. Please email nathalie@wisebuddah.com for all requests.

War Child

Warchild now helps over 100,000 children around the world, trapped in conflict zones through no choice of their own.

Global's Make Some Noise

Make Some Noise supports small charities around the UK, who struggle to get heard. They work mostly with young people, and all the money raised has a massive impact on the work they can do, and the people they can reach.


Dan is represented by Wise Buddah Talent

For General Enquiries: natalie@wisebuddah.com
For Voice Over Enquiries: natalie@wisebuddah.com
For Corporate/DJ Enquiries: natalie@wisebuddah.com