(As reported by BBC Three Counties Radio)
19 October 2010
Dave Lee Travis, the former BBC Radio 1 DJ and BBC Three Counties Radio
presenter, is to be inducted into the Radio Academy’s Hall of Fame.
David ‘Kid’ Jensen, Radio 2’s “Whispering” Bob Harris and Nicholas Parsons
are also to be honoured.
The Radio Academy is a registered charity dedicated to the encouragement and
promotion of excellence in UK broadcasting and audio production.
Veteran broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan was inducted last year.
Travis, also known as DLT, started his career at Radio Caroline before
joining Radio 1 in 1968.
The DJ hosted the station’s breakfast show from 1978 to 1980 before famously
resigning on air in 1993.
Travis was famously the victim of a Gotcha by Noel Edmonds on the 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.
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 green
Travis told BBC Three Counties he was thrilled to receive the award but not
too sure why!
“I’m possibly getting this accolade because I’m still alive!” joked the
presenter, once nicknamed “the Hairy Cornflake”.
“I suppose people look at the length of time that you’ve been in the
industry and what you’ve done with that time, and if they decide that it was
reasonably good, they think maybe we ought to stick his name somewhere!”