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.
Listen to Alan, presenting the last 'Pick Of The Pops', in 1972
(real audio file)