Profile: Dave Lee Travis, disc jockey

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What's this about the Hairy Cornflake's fan club?

Dave Lee Travis, the former Radio 1 DJ, also nicknamed the 'hairy cornflake', presented the request programme A Jolly Good Show on the BBC World Service for 20 years until 2001.

It seems the show had an unlikely fan in the shape of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. "It made my world much more complete", she admits to the Radio Times. Well, that's nice.

Wow. How flattering!

Travis modestly admits "I'm not surprised that Aung San Suu Kyi listened to my show but I'm touched she remembered it," while pointing out his show had the single biggest postbag of the entire World Service in most of its 20 years.

The DJ who began his Radio 1 career in 1968 and resigned on-air in 1993, in protest at controversial attempts to modernise the station with more youthful presenters, insists changes to the World Service have been "daft" and that we all need more fun.

So he's a music man through and through?

Quite. He has presented numerous radio shows, provided commentary for the Eurovision Contest and famously released that silly song 'Convoy GB'. He was also, alongside some of his 80s Radio 1 cohorts, the inspiration for Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse's parody DJ duo, Smashie and Nicie. He currently hosts The DLT Show on Saturdays and Sundays on the Magic Network, a group of eight radio stations across the north of England. It's not clear whether Aung San Suu Kyi is able to tune in.

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