13 November 1983 |
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Lake started his radio career at Isle of Wight Radio, working as the teaboy on the Saturday sports show and as producer for the station's veteran phone-in presenter Alex Dyke. This led to his own Saturday evening show, but he was let go by the station after broadcasting a controversial feature named "Bin Laden reads the Bible". After this, he moved to neighbouring station Power FM, before leaving the south coast for Hull to present Late Night Lake at Viking FM. Whilst working at Galaxy Manchester he generated more controversy after comments he made about Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus.
After a stint at Liverpool's Juice FM, he moved to London and GCap Media's Capital Disney for an evening show named "In On The Lake" from January 2005 to August 2006. Lake was then moved to the Breakfast show on sister station Core. After eight months, the show ended as the station switched to a non-stop music format. During this tame, Lake was also a regular cover presenter for Capital 95.8. He has covered shows for GCap's Coast 96.3 and Red Dragon FM, where he once again generated more controversy over his sacking, after getting listeners to call the programme controller to try to persuade him to hire him, who in turn rehired him. During his time on the Evening show, Lake caused Red Dragon to have its building lease reviewed after he ordered a live cow to be delivered to the studios. Both incidents were radio stunts with the consent of management, Allan continued to be employed by the group throughout.
Lake left his evening show on Red Dragon on 13 March 2008 after his show was to be replaced by a new GCap networked evening show Music Control, leaving the station on 16 March after his last Sunday "Takeover" show. After leaving Red Dragon, he covered on Xfm South Wales and Oxford's FM 107.9, before joining Invicta FM. Lake then left Invicta FM, due to networked shows replacing his Sunday show, and covered at Kerrang Radio. Followed by Q Radio, presenting Saturday 10am to 1pm. He then presented weekday mornings at Nation Radio before leaving to work at the then recently rebranded Absolute Radio, previously known as Virgin Radio. He joined on 27 September 2008 presenting over nights Lake had his contract at Absolute Radio terminated in April 2009, just 7 months into the life of the new station and Lake's tenure on overnights. The broadcaster was censured by OFCOM for promoting e-cigarettes sent by a manufacturer and was noted to have constantly referred to the product on air. Ofcom found there ‘was no editorial justification for the frequency and prominence of these references’ and the broadcaster in breach of rules 10.3 and 10.4 of the broadcasting code. Absolute Radio in their public comments on the issue described the comments as ‘an ill-judged editorial choice on the part of the presenter’.
Lake now presents on the UK's South Coast radio station Fire Radio He can now be heard on weekdays 3:00pm – 7:00pm and on other stations within the group.
Allan has in the past been accompanied by a team of radio associates, who have joined him on his show. Fat Steve, the pseudonymous New York based comedy writer Stu Levine with whom he has done much of his US-based work. Long-term friend Lee Elliott, known as Big Ginger Lee, has often been heard on air with Allan. Whilst at Capital Disney, Allan was joined by a series of other people who made regular appearances. Adam Morris, known on air as The General joined him as teaboy at Capital Disney, eventually taking the reins of the show when Allan left. Allan was also joined by co-host Chloe, Radio DJs Pat Sharp and radio legend and mentor Mark Fox, engineer Robin and jingle maker Tyler. On Core, newsreader Ben Evans also joined, with other Core DJs regularly featuring. When he presented weekday mornings at Nation Radio, he was joined by DJ Ben Evans, who used to join him when they worked for Core (see above). Fire Radio run a format that does not include co-hosts
Will Chambers, programme manager of Capital Disney and Bern Leckie, programme manager of Core, have both appeared on their respective stations, with Will often joining Allan for Late Night Lake on Core as producer.
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