career Biography



Ian Gardner began his broadcasting career at the University of Essex in 1992. In between lectures, he managed to present student radio shows on the campus radio station, URE, and also take responsibility for the general running of the station. After graduating in Information Technology, he moved to 2-Ten FM in Reading to present travel news and a weekend Breakfast show. He then joined Metro Networks as 'Flying Eye' traffic spotter in 1995 and was appointed Airborne Manager a year later. The Piper Seneca aircraft flew out of Stapleford Airport, Essex, twice a day and helped report traffic jams to 18 radio stations in and around London.

His unique style of informative and quick-witted presenting saw Ian reporting live for numerous broadcasting organisations, including Talk Radio, Virgin Radio and Sky News. He became the airborne travel voice for Heart 106.2 when the company launched in September 1995, and was soon presenting his own weekend show on the station. He has featured as a radio presenter at situations ranging from the London Marathon to the Paddington Rail Crash, as well as hosting road shows and interviewing pop stars. Ian has also presented 'Drivetime' and a weekend show at the regional station Wave 105. Up until July 2001, Ian worked full time at Heart 106.2, under the pseudonym Jeff Stryker, as travel and weekend presenter.

Ian featured on numerous TV shows, including travel and career programmes for Sky One, Carlton and LWT. In September 2000, he began freelance presenting for Granada TV's Shop! presenting live on the consumer shopping channel. Ian joined Ideal World, the home shopping channel, in August 2001, to present hundreds of hours of live TV selling all kinds of products. In May 2002, Ian returned to London to join the team at Auction based at Teddington Studios. He became Senior Presenter for its sister channel, Chase in August 2004.

In June 2005, Ian joined the team at eeZee TV hosting live programmes including jewellery, kitchen and electronics shows. By the end of the year, Ian had branched into quiz television and joined the team at The Great Big British Quiz.

2006 saw Ian return to shopping television for the launch of The Jewellery Channel, a fast paced, interactive, falling price auction network. In July, he joined the Endemol team at Quiz Night Live. The show came to a close in November and Ian moved to The Mint on Itv Play. In January 2008, Ian hosted shows and consulted for The Jewelry Channel USA broadcasting across America and working from studios in Austin, TX.

Summer 2011 saw Ian move to shopping channel Gems TV before moving to the United States. In 2012 he guest hosted electronic items for the shopping channel ShopHQ until 2015.

Ian is now a full time voice talent, providing voice overs and audio production to clients around the world from his home studio. In April 2023 he also made a return to radio, joining the team at and broadcasting every weekday with the best blend of today's hits and your favorite classics.