|Dave Lee Travis (aka DLT)|
DLT in the studio at Magic
|Born||25 May 1945
Buxton, Derbyshire, England
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.
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 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..."
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.
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.
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.
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.
On 14 February 2000, DLT was the subject of the This Is Your Life programme on British TV.
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.
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