Dave Lee Travis
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|Dave Lee Travis|
Travis in garden of the Stag, Mentmore
|Born||David Patrick Griffin
25 May 1945 
Buxton, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
|Occupation||Radio and television presenter|
Early life and career
Travis's first jobs were as a graphic designer, a designer of shop interiors and a photographer. At night and weekends he began working as a DJ at the Oasis Club in Manchester, making use of a Dansette autochanger. Giving up his other jobs, he went on a self-created and promoted UK tour of clubs, ballrooms and theatres presenting his own DJ shows. Consequently, he was asked by Herman's Hermits to become the tour manager and warm-up DJ on their next tour of the United States, supporting Bobby Vee and Freddy Cannon. On his return to the UK, Travis returned to the north of England and continued to promote his own shows in Blackpool, Bury and the surrounding areas.
In September 1965, Travis started work at the offshore pirate radio station Radio Caroline South from the MV Mi Amigo off the Essex coast, later moving onto Radio Caroline North from the MV Fredericia off the Isle of Man until mid-August 1967.
BBC Radio 1
In 1967, offshore pirate radio was outlawed by the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act. After a short period working on television in Germany on the Beat-Club pop programme, Travis returned to Manchester to present the daily radio show Pop North on Radio 1 and he also did some Saturday afternoon programmes in the 4 to 5:30pm slot. In 1969, he took over a Sunday morning show from 10am to midday. In 1971, he was promoted to the weekday lunchtime show from 11am to 1pm, moving back to Sunday mornings in 1973 and also presenting the Radio 1 Club on Thursdays from 5 to 7pm. He had a time presenting the Sunday afternoon request show between 3 and 5pm.
In 1976, Travis took over the weekday teatime slot, 4.30–5.45pm (extended to run 4.30–7pm in 1977). He then took over The Radio 1 Breakfast Show from Noel Edmonds in May 1978 (coincidentally when the BBC Chart went from Top 50 to Top 75) and continued in this slot until December 1980.
In 1976, an on-air parody of C W McCall's US hit Convoy 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 to 4.30pm. Later that year he moved back to the weekday lunchtime slot from 11.30am to 2pm, before moving to a Saturday morning show in 1983 from 10am to 1pm, then Sunday mornings from 10am to 1pm in 1987, taking over both Saturday and Sunday in September 1988.
On 8 August 1993 Travis 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..." Around this time, Travis expressed his annoyance with fictional TV characters Smashie and Nicey to Q magazine, stating "That Smashy and Nicey crap – is that funny?".
A Jolly Good Show
From 1981 to 2001, Travis presented the BBC World Service music request programme A Jolly Good Show, having taken over from Noel Edmonds. In June 2011, Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said the programme had given her a lifeline. The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who had spent 15 years under house arrest from 1989, told the BBC that A Jolly Good Show had made her "world much more complete". Travis said he was "touched" but "not surprised" that she had remembered it.
On leaving Radio 1, Travis 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, Travis left Classic Gold to work for the British Army's Garrison FM.
From March 2003 to March 2007, Travis returned to the BBC, and presented a Sunday morning show from 9am to 12pm on BBC Three Counties Radio, his local BBC radio station.
In 2005 Travis was briefly heard on Spain's Spectrum FM, presenting a Saturday morning show, but that ended later the same year due to poor listening figures.
Since 8 July 2006, Travis has been heard on the Magic Network, a network of eight 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 4 February 2007, at the same time on Sundays as well with his co-host "Dangerous" Dan Black.
On BBC television, Travis presented editions 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.
In 1993 Travis hosted the children's television show Go Getters.
Allegations of sexual assault
In October 2012 it was alleged by two former BBC employees that Travis sexually assaulted a number of women during his time at the BBC. One of the women, who was 17 at the time, claimed in the media after making a formal statement to police that Travis put his hand up her skirt in 1977. The other, presenter Vivien Creegor, claimed Travis "jiggled her breasts" when she was live on BBC Radio 4 in the 1980s. Travis, who hosted the Radio 1 Breakfast Show from 1978 to 1980, said in a statement: "I categorically deny that there is any substance in either allegation and I’m genuinely surprised that allegations of this nature have been made. I totally refute any impropriety." On 15 November 2012, he was arrested at his home by the Metropolitan Police as part of the Operation Yewtree inquiry. He was the fourth person to be arrested as part of the investigation. On 16 November, Travis made a statement stating "This is nothing to do with kids, all right? That's the first thing. Because that to me is the most important thing in the world and I do not wish to have my name sullied around something that bloody evil, to be honest. Yes, there's an ongoing police investigation about me and two grown women, all right?" On the same date, Magic AM announced that Travis would not be broadcasting on their station until the issue had been resolved.
On 15 August 2013 it was announced that Travis had been charged with several counts of indecent or sexual assault. On 6 September 2013 he appeared at the Old Bailey court to face 11 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault.
His interests include photography and classic cars. In 1987, he published a book of his own photographic efforts called A Bit of a Star, which he dedicated to his late father. In the 1970s, Travis was a regular drag racer.
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- The DLT Show Facebook Page
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