DJ Dave Lee Travis: From offshore pirate radio to Aung San Suu Kyi

Once again, a reminder that a career in radio can take you anywhere. Former BBC World Service DJ Dave Lee Travis, who got his start in an offshore pirate radio station in the ‘60s, has been paid a visit by one of his most avid listeners, Burma’s Nobel laureate and veteran democracy campaigner, Aung San Suu Kyi.

Travis’ music request program ‘A Jolly Good Show’, which he presented for twenty years, reportedly threw the recently elected Opposition MP a ‘lifeline’ during her extended stint under house arrest.


Suu Kyi was particularly ‘thrilled’ to have heard a Burmese boy call into the show, which went to air on the world’s largest international broadcaster.

According to Travis, it was ‘a pleasure’ to meet the globally esteemed democracy advocate. He was elated at having been part of Suu Kyi’s listening agenda for all those years, which she suggests made her life ‘much more complete’.