Dave Lee Travis and Aung San Suu Kyi

In a pop culture moment almost as bizarre as Benhazir Bhutto being in the Mott The Hoople fan club, heroic Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi is crediting the so called ‘Hairy Cornflake’ (and one of the most annoying radio prescences of our times) Dave Lee`Travis with keeping her ‘sane’ during her long term house arrest.

Long thought extinct, Travis, who famously resigned live on radio, before he was pushed became the unlikeliest saviour of the heroic leader who sent years under house arrest.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner said Dave Lee Travis’s request show on the World Service helped make her ‘world much more complete” during the 15 years.

The former Radio host presented a request programme called A Jolly Good Show on the World Service for 20 years until 2001.

Ms Suu Kyi told the Radio Times: “I used to listen to all sorts of different programmes, not just classical music. I can’t remember what the name of that programme … Dave Travis? Was it?”

 

After she was asked if she meant Dave Lee Travis, Ms Suu Kyi responded: “Yes! Didn’t he have a programme with all different sorts of music?

“I would listen to that quite happily because the listeners would write in and I had a chance to hear other people’s words. It made my world much more complete. But now I don’t hear any kind of music on the BBC.”

Travis modesty replied,  “I’m not surprised that Aung San Suu Kyi listened to my show, but I’m touched she remembers it.

“At one point, if not in most of its 20 years, it had the single biggest postbag of the entire World Service.”


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