Dave Diamond

Dave DiamondFrom: Howard, SD, USA

Sidney Ivan Davison Jr., known professionally as Dave Diamond, was an American radio DJ whose programs in the late 1960s and early 1970s helped popularise many psychedelic/acid rock bands. Diamond was also an academic and author, and in later years taught journalism as a university professor.

Born in 1936 in Howard, South Dakota, Davison was the son of the owners of a local newspaper, the Miner County Pioneer. He attended Howard Public School, where he was known as Slide Davison and won medals and championships in basketball, football, and golf. Davison served in the US Army in the Korean War in 1953-1954, and studied at Louisiana State University the University of Southern Mississippi, and Northwest Missouri State University.

In 1960, Davison joined radio station KOIL in Omaha, Nebraska, where he began using the name Dave Diamond. He later moved to radio stations in Knoxville, St. Louis, and Denver, where he became one of the few radio reporters to join the Beatles on their 1965 US tour. He was recruited by Bill Drake to join KHJ in Los Angeles in 1965. He would soon move to KBLA in Burbank, and then, in 1968, KFRC in San Francisco. At KBLA and KFRC, Diamond’s show “The Diamond Mine”, a program containing a mixture of psychedelic music and poetry, became one of the first “underground” rock shows and one of the most successful radio programs in California in the late 1960s. Diamond recorded spoken word pieces of his own for various labels including Columbia Records; his piece “The Diamond Mine”, credited to Dave Diamond & The Higher Elevation, was included on the LP Pebbles, Volume 3 and several other compilations.

In 1971, Diamond left KFRC, first moving to KRLA in Pasadena, and then KDAY and KIIS in L.A. and WSAI in Cincinnati. He would return to L.A. in 1977 to work at radio station KFI. He would retire from broadcasting in 1982. While living in California, Diamond attended courses at UCLA and the University of Southern California, graduating with a master’s degree in fiction writing. He also gained a PhD in holistic studies from Columbia Pacific University and a degree in religious science from the Institute of Religious Science in Los Angeles. Diamond died at his home in Spearfish, South Dakota in May 2014 at the age of 77, from pneumonia.

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From the 1967 single “The Diamond Mine”
The Diamond Mine

  • The Diamond Mine