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Dave Lee Travis (aka DLT)

DLT in the studio at Magic
Born 25 May 1945 (1945-05-25) (age 64)
Buxton, Derbyshire, England
Occupation Radio Presenter

Dave Lee Travis (born David Patrick Griffin in Buxton, Derbyshire on 25 May 1945) also known professionally as DLT, is a British radio presenter, best known for his career on BBC Radio 1.


Early life

Travis attended grammar school in Manchester and his first job was as a graphic designer.


Dave Lee Travis began his radio career at the offshore pirate station Radio Caroline in September 1965. In 1967 offshore pirate radio was outlawed by an Act of Parliament. Lee Travis moved to Manchester and went to work for BBC Radio 1.


Travis' Radio 1 career began in 1968, presenting the Pop North show from Manchester. In 1969 he took over a Sunday morning show from 10am-midday. In 1971, he was promoted to the weekday lunchtime show from 11am-1pm, moving back to Sunday mornings in 1973 and also presenting the Radio 1 Club on Thursdays from 5-7pm.

In the 1970s, he adopted the on-air nickname of "The Hairy Monster", but changed this to "The Hairy Cornflake" when he started presenting Radio 1's Breakfast Show.

In 1975, he took over the weekday teatime slot from 4.30-5.45pm (extended to run 4.30-7pm in 1977). He then took over the Breakfast Show from Noel Edmonds in May 1978 and continued in this slot until December 1980.

In 1976, an on-air parody of the US hit "Convoy" (by C. W. McCall) led to a release of the song "Convoy GB" as a single, recorded with fellow DJ Paul Burnett under the name Laurie Lingo and the Dipsticks. The song reached number four in the charts and Travis appeared as the song's narrator "Super Scouse" on Top Of The Pops.

The sound effect "quack quack oops" became a famous Radio 1 feature, and resurrected for his current weekend morning show on the Magic Network.

January 1981 saw Travis move to weekday afternoons from 2.30-4.30pm. Later that year he moved back to the weekday lunchtime slot from 11.30am-2pm, before moving to a Saturday morning show in 1983 from 10am-1pm, then Sunday mornings from 10am-1pm in 1987 taking over both Saturday and Sunday in September 1988.

Travis spent twenty years presenting the BBC World Service music request programme A Jolly Good Show.

On-air resignation

On 8 August 1993 DLT resigned on-air during his Sunday morning show, stating that he could not agree with changes that were being made to Radio 1. Travis told his audience that changes were afoot that he could not tolerate - "....and I really want to put the record straight at this point and I thought you ought to know - changes are being made here which go against my principles and I just cannot agree with them..."[1]


On leaving Radio 1, DLT hosted a networked Sunday morning show (10am-1pm) across some of the UK's commercial radio stations. He also went to Classic Gold where he hosted the 10am-1pm morning show (later 9am-12pm), before moving to breakfast 7am-9am and then back to mornings 9am-11am.

In 2002, he left Classic Gold to work for Garrison Radio for the Army.

From March 2003 to March 2007, Travis returned to the BBC, but this time to present a Sunday morning show from 9am-12pm on BBC Three Counties Radio, his local BBC radio station.

In 2005 he was briefly heard on Spain's Spectrum FM, presenting a Saturday morning show, but that ended later the same year owing to poor listening figures.

Present day

Since July 8 2006 Dave has been on the Magic Network, a network of 8 radio stations across the North of England on AM and DAB Digital Radio, where he hosts The DLT Show 10am-1pm on Saturdays and, since February 4 2007, at the same time on Sundays as well with his co-host "Dangerous Dan" Black.


Travis' popularity at Radio 1 led to a number of opportunities in television.


DLT presented the German TV show Beat Club, where he introduced such acts as Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Steamhammer.

On BBC television, he presented episodes of Top of the Pops in the 1970s and 1980s. He was also the presenter of The Golden Oldie Picture Show in the mid 1980s, an attempt by the BBC to create videos for classic pop songs that pre-dated the video age.

He was also the United Kingdom commentator for the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest.[2]


On 14 February 2000, DLT was the subject of the This Is Your Life programme on British TV.

Other TV appearances include The Weakest Link, Noel's House Party, Mrs. Merton, Stars Reunited, Kick Start, Go Getters and Today with Des and Mel.

Noel's House Party Gotcha

Travis was famously the victim of a practical joke (or Gotcha) by Noel Edmonds on his TV show Noel's House Party. His radio quiz was unknowingly hijacked by two fake pub quiz teams which gave absurd answers to every question. His 'reaction' at the reveal had to be recorded twice because his initial outburst was full of swearwords. He said to Noel 'Edmonds, you are a dead man! I don't want your gotcha!'

Travis had his "revenge" the following week when, by arrangement with the Noel's House Party production team, he hijacked Noel Edmonds's show live on air, culminating in Edmonds ending up in the Great House's infamous gunge tank.


Travis was named Pipe Smoker of the Year in 1982.

In 1987, he published a book of his own photographic efforts called A Bit Of A Star, which he dedicated to his late father.[3]

DLT appeared in the video for the Comic Relief version of the The Proclaimers song I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles), performed by Peter Kay and Matt Lucas.

Media offices
Preceded by
Noel Edmonds
BBC Radio One
Breakfast Show Presenter

Succeeded by
Mike Read
Preceded by
David Gell
Eurovision Song Contest UK Commentator
Succeeded by
Tom Fleming

External links


  1. ^ "Profile: Dave Lee Travis". Aircheck Tracker. Retrieved 13 November 2008.  
  2. ^ "The Eurovision Song Contest (1971) (TV)". IMDB. Retrieved 22 June 2008.  
  3. ^ Travis, Dave Lee (1987). A Bit of a Star: Media Women..... Their fine-points and phobias as photographed by Dave Lee Travis. Kodak. ISBN 9780901023346.  


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