Born in Buxton, Derbyshire in 1945 as David Griffin, Dave began his working career as a designer of shop interiors, photographer and club DJ in the Manchester area. In 1964 he toured America with Herman's Hermits and joined Radio Caroline South on his return to England. He hosted his own show there for two and a half years until the ship was blown aground in early 1965.
Following TV work on Germany's 'Beat Club' pop programme, in late 1967 Dave joined the BBC to host the Thursday lunchtime show 'Pop North' shortly after the launch of Radio 1. He presented the weekday lunchtime show (early 70's), teatime show 'It's DLT OK!' (from 1975) breakfast show (May 1978 to Dec 1980) and the weekend mid-morning show (83-93). He invented the unusual but highly popular feature 'snooker on the radio' on his weekend show.
Occasionally known for expressing his viewpoint on the air, Dave was almost taken off the air on one occasion when he expressed concerns live on air over seal clubbing, encouraging listeners to complete a protest form in the daily newspaper.
(Above) Dave drag-racing at Santa Pod during the 1970's.
He published a book in the 1980's of celebrity photographs, called 'A Bit of a Star'. DLT's interests include photography and classic cars.
Dave's light hearted and relaxed presentation style brought him a loyal Radio 1 audience for over 25 years.
Dave became unhappy with new policy changes at Radio 1 and he famously resigned on air in August 1993, (he was due to leave in ten weeks' time when his contract expired). He offered his services to Radio 2 Management who declined. However, he continued to present 'A Jolly Good Show' on the BBC World service until 2001. His weekend morning slot was replaced with Danny Baker.
It is interesting to note that the audience figures for the Saturday morning show formerly hosted by Dave fell from by 700,000 in less than a year. Dave was heard on local 'Classic Gold' radio stations in the UK until 9th Mar 2002.
Dave currently lives with his wife in Buckinghamshire.
Since March 9th 2003 Dave Lee Travis has presented a Sunday morning 9-12 am show for BBC Three Counties Radio (DLT's own local BBC station).
It was announced in March 2005 that Spain's largest English language station - Spectrum FM, signed DLT for the Saturday morning 9am - 12pm show. Ed Stewart also presented the weekday afternoon show on the station at the time.
He joined Newcastle's Magic AM 1152 in the UK during July 2006 to present a Saturday Morning Show 10am - 1pm.
In 2012 Dave Lee Travis was arrested by Metropolitan police detectives investigating allegations of historical sexual offences.
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DLT Ident by Keith Skues 1969
Blue Mink Live 1969
Play an Old Timer Trail 1969
Tired due to moon landing (1969)
Big Load of... 1970
'Alien Idiot' Trail 1970
Dave's lunchtime show
Dave Introduces Johnnie Walker 1970
Last Manchester Club show 1971
5 Year celebration
Rave from the Grave
Jimmy Young hands over to Dave 1972
Handover to Johnny Walker 1972
Farewell to Jimmy Young plus DLT last daily show - June 1st 1973
Wrong Record 1975
With Smiley in_Torquay 1976
DLT & Paul Burnett's 1976 spoof UK hit of CW McCall track;
Convoy by 'Laurie Lingo & the Dipsticks' (Mp3, 1 min. clip)
At a Brewery with Edwin 1977
Elton John 1977
Breakfast Show Jingle 1979
Dave speaks to a tired Mike Read in 1980
DLT plays the top 5 in September 1982
DLT says 'Don't Have One for the Road'
Tune into stereo
Snooker on the radio
Treble Top Jingle
Near the Bullseye effect
Dave_Lee_Travis name Jingle 1987
DLT's birthday & hospital prize '89 (1 min)
DLT's age revealed! (inc.P Schofield) '89 (3mins)
Dave unable to stop laughing when contestant says 'baton'
'Quack-Quack-Oops!' Sound Effect
Intro from Bruno & Liz 1990
Winding up Neale James 1991
Dave resigns on-air 08.08.93