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Born in Buxton, Derbyshire, England, UK
Birth NameDavid Patrick Griffin
Nickname The Hairy Cornflake

Mini Bio (1)

Dave Lee Travis, better known around the world as D.L.T., was born in Buxton, Derbyshire on 25th May 1945. Travis began his career spinning discs at the Oasis Club in Manchester on a part time basis. He went on an extensive tour of clubs, ballrooms and theatres presenting and promoting his own shows.

He was asked by Herman to accompany The Hermits on their American tour. This led to radio and TV broadcasts in many states and on his return to Britain he continued to promote his own shows in Blackpool, Bury and surrounding areas. In England, radio listeners had to purchase radio licenses to be able to operate their radios. The money was collected and given to the BBC to help pay for its operation. During the heyday of Rock And Roll, the BBC was not keen on playing rock on its stations opting for classical, earlier music and cultural programming. This lead to the creation of the legendary "Pirate Ships" such as Radio Caroline. These ships were self-contained, floating broadcasting stations complete with transmitter towers. The pirate ships would sit of the English coast in International waters broadcasting Rock And Roll back to England. This drove the BBC and the British Government nuts! Travis signed on to Radio Caroline South in September 1965. He transferred up to Caroline Northin 1967 during its last few months on the air. He returned to Manchester and signed on with the BBC where he was given the job of presenting the BBC lunchtime radio show 'Pop North'.

After a few years of pirate radio bombardment and the trends showing a listenership interest in rock, the BBC launched Radio 1 in 1967 and ushered in the new era of rock presenters. The inaugural class included Dave Lee Travis, and Radio Caroline / Radio London refugees Pete Drummond, Mike Raven, Tony Blackburn, Duncan Johnson, Dave Cash, Chris Denning, Ed Stewart, John Peel, Mike Ahearn, Emperor Rosko, Mike Lennox and Kenny Everett.

Travis, despite abruptly resigning on air from the Breakfast Show in 1993 would work on and off on various projects for the BBC including the programs "Top Gear", afternoon drive and the BBC World Service. He also continued to work for charity functions and presented television programs such as Top Of The Pops. His last job for the BBC was at the World Service as the presenter of the request and dedication program, A Jolly Good Show. It was further enhanced by the Internet, allowing more listeners to hear DLT as well as send requests and dedications via E-mail: a first for a BBC program. It ended its 24 year run in January, 1999. Dave Lee Travis continued presenting various television shows, filling in for hosts and hosting the syndicated Breakfast Show for Classic Gold in Bournemouth.

In 2012, Travis was arrested on suspicion of sexual offences by police as part of Operation Yewtree, which was set up following revelations of sexual abuse by Travis' late BBC colleague Sir Jimmy Savile. His broadcasting career effectively ended with his high profile conviction for indecent assault in 2014.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: host@cyber-line.com

Spouse (1)

Marianne (? - Present)

Trivia (13)

Known around the world as simply DLT.
Also known as "The Hairy Monster" or "The Hariy Cornflake."
Smokes a pipe.
Attened college with Graham Nash of The Hollies.
Toured with Herman's Hermits as a presenter at the concerts.
Part of first inaugural group of presenters for BBC Radio One sign on in 1967. Only original BBC 1 presenter John Peel has been on the BBC longer than Travis.
Despite an on air resignation in 1993 during his BBC show, he continued to work for the BBC on and off for nearly 30 years.
Created original radio participation games which were new to listeners back then including Give Us A Break, Snooker On The Radio, Treble Top and Darts On The Radio.
In Feb. 1999, was asked to sub for fellow BBC Radio 1 and TOTP alumi Tony Blackburn at the Radio Awards because Blackburn broke his leg.
Hobbies include photography and cars.
Vegetarian
Owns a Range Rover with the registration DLT1
He was convicted of indecent assault in 2014 and given a suspended sentence. The BBC then announced they would not show episodes of Top of the Pops (1964) presented by Travis again.

Personal Quotes (6)

None of the things that I'm talking to the police about, or have talked to them about, is to do with children. I want this completely clear. My name appeared in the paper this morning - no names, no pack drill - alongside Gary Glitter and Jimmy Savile. So that's not on, all right? I know we've all got a game to play here, you've got to sell newspapers, and good headlines make good sales, but for God's sake let's have a decent headline this time.
I've been talking to the police about sexual...I can't even remember what the word is now. In the old days it was called putting your arm around somebody and giving them a cuddle, but nowadays, God knows.
I want to say that I have had two trials. I have had one trial by media and one trial by Crown Court. And I have to say, in all honesty, that I prefer trial by the Crown Court.
Deep down inside him there was a guy which was very hard to get to. I've known Jimmy Savile for over 50 years, that's a hell of a long period to know somebody, and I've never had an absolutely in-depth straight conversation with him because he's constantly got a sort of invisible shield up. He likes to keep his distance from everybody, even friends. He'll joke his way out of something if he doesn't want to answer you... I think probably enigma is a good word for it.
For some unknown reason, with Jim [Jimmy Savile], you couldn't anticipate that he wasn't going to be around anymore - he was such a powerful presence. He was one of the first DJs that actually became a personality.
[on the death of Sir Jimmy Savile] We are all going to be worse off without him around.

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