Personal life::Alan Freeman


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Personal life In March 1994 Freeman revealed on breakfast television that he had become celibate in 1981, but had been bisexual.<ref>Knitting Circle Alan Freeman</ref> He was memorably described by Graham Chapman as being "...keen on motor bikes and leather and men".<ref>Michael Palin: "Diaries 1969–1979" Page 290</ref>

In later years, Freeman suffered from arthritis and asthma from a 60-a-day smoking habit, and he used a Zimmer frame or motorised wheelchair. He lived at Brinsworth House, a retirement home for actors and performers run by the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund, until his death.

Freeman's distinctive presenting style included the frequent use of classical music clips between records, and memorable catchphrases such as 'Greetings, pop pickers' (originally 'Hi there, pop pickers!'), 'Greetings, music lovers' (an adaptation of the above for his rock shows), 'Alright? Stay bright!' and 'Not 'arf!'.

His style has been parodied, and he was the model for Harry Enfield's character Dave Nice, although he contributed to the satire himself in good grace by appearing on Enfield's show (and Enfield himself praised Freeman in Simon Garfield's book on Radio 1, The Nation's Favourite, by categorising him along with John Peel as "DJs who loved music" as opposed to "DJs who loved the sound of their own voices, like Dave Lee Travis").

For all Freeman's supposed clichés and archetypes in his broadcasting style, he has been regarded as original by fellow broadcasters – when he appeared on John Peel's This Is Your Life, Peel said: "Fluff is the greatest out-and-out disc jockey of them all".

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