Damien Fahey knew early on that he wanted to be heard, but he didn’t imagine he was also going to be seen as well.
One afternoon when he was twelve, Damien first got his inspiration as he was watching a live radio simulcast on CSPAN, witnessing all the inner workings of the broadcast. Without his parents’ permission, he bought $400 worth of electronics and built his own “pretend” radio station in his room where he recorded his shows on tapes for a year and half. At fifteen, he took a visitor’s tour of WMAS, a local radio station in Massachusetts, and nabbed an internship during the tour thus, beginning his career in radio broadcasting. He got his first job ever at WMAS working the every other Saturday overnight shift spinning adult contemporary music. In order to get the job, he had to lie about his age and deepen his voice for he was too young to work. This was the first of many shifts he endured before going off to Northeastern University.
Aggressively searching for a full-time on-air radio job, Damien came across an MTV casting search in May 2002 at KISS 108, a local Boston radio station where for 3 years he was working a part-time on-air shift. After some disappointing auditions under his belt, Damien decided to try his luck with MTV. Damien wowed MTV executives so much with his down-to-earth attitude and his knowledge of music that the channel hired him, and that summer he became a staple at MTV’s Shore Thing in Seaside Heights, NJ.
Over the summer, Damien showed that he was able to handle the heat at MTV’s summer house as he hosted his own show, Prime-time Players, co-hosted TRL and co-hosted numerous MTV summer specials. Currently, Damien is adding his charisma to MTV’s highly popular daily show, TRL, as well as MTV specials, which include Countdown to the 2002 MTV VMA and End of Summer Countdown. He has interviewed celebrities from Vanessa Carlton to Joey Fatone to Heath Ledger to Shakira to Eve to the Crocodile Hunter.
In his spare time, Damien enjoys mountain biking, playing his drums, walking in Central Park and going to concerts. His favorite bands are Dave Matthews Band, Incubus, Doves, ColdPlay and U2. He also likes to relax to jazz music. Damien, an only child, grew up in Longmeadow, MA. Though it may sound hokey, his parents are his best friends and “the greatest people on the entire planet.” His mom knew from the minute he was born that he was going to be star.