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Alan Freeman
, c. 1970 (printed 2002)

by Lewis Morley

gelatin silver photograph (sheet: 40.2 cm x 30.5 cm, image: 26.6 cm x 28.0 cm)

Alan 'Fluff' Freeman MBE (b. 1927), disc jockey, started his career as an announcer on Melbourne's 3KZ. His stint as a summer relief DJ with Radio Luxembourg in 1958 led to work in the UK, beginning with the BBC on Records Around Five in 1961. Freeman went on to present the BBC's award-winning Saturday Rock Show, and for some thirty years he has enlivened Pick of the Pops on Capital Radio and BBC Radio 2 with catchphrases such as 'Greetings Pop Pickers' and 'All right?'. In 1987 the Radio Academy rewarded Freeman for an outstanding contribution to UK music radio and in 1988 he was honoured by Sony as Radio Personality of the Year. He was awarded an MBE in 1998 for services to music.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the artist 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number: 2003.68