Miles is an outstanding MC, a very funny after dinner speaker and with his business background does a very good business keynote. He has proven that if you have a passion and don't give up you can achieve just about anything, if you want it badly enough - while still being yourself.
His versatility is without question. He has been heard on radio as host of a myriad of programmes ranging from hard hitting news talkback to hard line sports and everything in between. He has the ability to slice through complicated issues and couch them in common sense terms and has been rated by the likes of Merv Smith, Ewing Stevens and Leighton Smith as one of the best talk radio talents in the country. He is currently host of Miles Davis Afternoons on Radio Sport.
He has been described as a "A garrulous cockney" But his larger than life profile belies the story behind the man. For a start he actually understands what "garrulous" means. Not bad for a Cockney who moved permanently to New Zealand in 1984.
You will hear Miles before you see him. His cockney extroverted personality makes him easily recognised in public, on television and of course radio where he has established a proud reputation. But scratch the surface and you find a man who had a tough upbringing, spent time on the wrong side of the law and along the way met some very interesting and famous people. He also showed what persistence and refusal to take no for an answer can achieve.
His first love is English Football and his beloved Westham United. He quite possibly knows more about football than anyone else in New Zealand. In fact he brought the first football show on TV to New Zealand Hosting, produced, written 97 episodes House football 1998 – 2002
But Miles really knows a lot about sport - any sport. In 1992 the Wellington Rugby Union appointed him as their marketing manager. A quote from the WRFU year book.
"The union took on a fulltime marketing man, one Miles Davis, now prominent for his outspoken-ness on talkback radio. The Englishman, says marketing subcommittee chairman Paul McKay, "brings an Arthur Daley approach to business problems and opportunities." Sounded a bit like "Arfa" as well."
But he is proudly English and refuses to bow to pressure to adopt New Zealand teams against England in any sporting contest. His on air "discussions" when England is playing are hilarious. He has indoctrinated his 6 sons in a like manner.
He has been grave digger, commodity exchange, bookmaker, pub work and finally spent almost 5 years at Rotary International organizing their annual conference for 6,000 people and overseeing the formation all new Rotary Clubs in Britain and Ireland. By contrast his stories of his times with the British Lions touring teams are legendary and he tells them with great delight in his after dinner talks.
Hosted talk back on Newstalk ZB, Radio Sport, Radio Pacific, Radio Live and The Breeze
Hosted, produced, written 97 episodes House of Football Sky Sport 1998 – 2002
Covered France 1998, Japan/Korea 2002, South Africa 2010 World Cups and Euro 2000 Holland/Belgium and Euro 2004 Portugal for print, radio and television
Hosted 2001 FA Cup final for TV3 (live)
Hosted 2003 domestic international cricket season and World Cup (live) for tv3
Reported on Hurricanes games for TV3
Co-Hosted Fight for Life 2002/Fought in Fight for Life 2005
Made several appearances on Breakfast TV (TV1) Holmes (TV1), featured on Doco series The Truth about Money
Sunday News columnist for 5 years