Born in Melbourne, Australia, on 6th July 1927, Freeman originally wanted to be an opera singer but, unfortunately, his voice was not strong enough. In 1952 he was invited to audition as a radio announcer and started working for the Australian 'teenager's station' 7LA . From there, he moved to station 3KZ in Melbourne and, in 1957 he took off on a 9 month world trip, promising to return by January 1958 but never quite made it back . . .
Saturday September 23rd, 1961, he introduced his first 'Pick Of The Pops'
as a segment of the weekend evening show 'Trad Tavern' on the BBC Light
Programme. It became so popular that it was eventually given its own Sunday
teatime spot in 1962, where he presented it for the next ten years, during
which time he also became one of the original presenters of television's
'Top Of The Pops', appeared regularly
as a member of David Jacobs 'Juke Box
Jury' panel and was also 'guest DJ' on two episodes of 'Thank
Your Lucky Stars'. During the Sixties he briefly, but unsuccessfully,
toyed with an acting career, most notably in 'Dr. Terror's House of Horrors',
and in subsequent films and television he has played himself. Possibly his
most memorable appearances outside of the 'OMO' commercials was in 1984,
playing God (naturally, sitting behind a mixing desk and blessing us with
'alright?') in two episodes of The Young Ones.
In April 1972 Freeman became one of the daytime DJs on Radio 1 when he took over the 3pm to 5pm afternoon show from Terry Wogan, continuing until June 1st 1973. Throughout the 1970s he actively promoted and supported young people and youth clubs, becoming Vice-President of the London Association of Youth Clubs.
returned to the BBC and Radio 1 in January 1989, bringing with him the old
faithful 'Rock Show' and 'Pick of the Pops'. This run of POTP finally ended
on December 27th 1992, but he continued to host 'The Rock Show' until October
23rd 1993, when, along with a number of other long-time DJs, he departed
the BBC again in 'The night of the long knives' when the station was revamped
(and in many people's opinion, ruined) by controller Matthew Bannister.
In December 1993 he presented a one-off trial of 'The Alternative Chart Show', a RSL broadcast by XFM in London. He then took the indestructible 'Pick of the Pops' (now 'Pick Of The Pops Take Three') to Capital Gold where it lived from April 9th 1994 until late 1996.
During 1996 and 1997 Fluff also presented a version of 'The Rock Show' on Virgin Radio and could occasionally be heard hosting one-off programmes on Classic FM. Once again, in 1997, he returned to the BBC, this time on Radio 2, taking 'Pick of the Pops' back to its spiritual home until 2000. His final broadcasts allowed him to focus on his lifetime love, the world of classical music and opera, presenting 'Their Greatest Bits' on BBC Radio 2 between 1997 and 2001.