Dave Lee Travis

Born 25 May 1945

After serving a music apprenticeship as a club DJ and touring the US with pop group Herman’s Hermits, Dave Lee Travis joined the offshore station Radio Caroline in 1965. He appeared for a short time on German TV’s Beat Club before moving to BBC Radio One to present the Pop North show from Manchester. His spell with the station landed him in a variety of positions including Breakfast Show presenter from 1978-1980.

His Sunday morning show culminated in a legendary on-air resignation in which he told listeners that pending changes to the station went against his principles. This action had such an impact that ‘Doing a DLT’ has become a benchmark against which other presenter’s on-air rants are invariably judged.

Alongside his other radio work, Travis built up a large international audience during a 24-year run as presenter of the request programme A Jolly Good Show for BBC World Service. One innovative feature of the show was the first use by the BBC of email dedications from listeners.

Travis’s television work has included presenting The Golden Oldie Picture Show, Top of the Pops and the Eurovision Song Contest, although one of his most popular TV appearances was dunking Noel Edmonds into a tank of slime in retaliation for an earlier hijacking of a DLT radio quiz by Edmonds.


BROADCAST CAREER INCLUDES

Radio Caroline
BBC Radio 1 – Pop North, Radio 1 Club, Weekday Lunchtime Show, It’s DLT OK!, R1 Breakfast Show, Weekend Mid-Morning Show
BBC World Service – A Jolly Good Show
Classic Gold – Mid-Morning Show, Breakfast Show
Garrison Radio
Spectrum FM, Spain – Saturday Morning Show
BBC Three Counties Radio – Sunday Morning Show
Magic Network – DLT Show (current)

NICKNAMES

DLT
The Hairy Monster
The Hairy Cornflake

MUSIC CAREER

Purportedly played drums for Jimi Hendrix on Beat Club when regular drummer Mitch Mitchell was taken ill.
Appeared with DJ Paul Burnett under the pseudonym Laurie Lingo and the Dipsticks on the pop single ‘Convoy GB’; a record that parodied the citizen band radio craze and reached number four in the UK charts.

ODDITIES

  • ‘Snooker on the Radio’ spot
  • ‘Quack-Quack Oops!’ sound effect
  • Named as ‘Pipe Smoker of the Year’ 1982