Dale has written his autobiography,
'My Story' (Arrow, 2003) where he tells of
The problems, pain and the
personalities he has encountered, dealing in depth with the highs and
lows of a life in the spotlight. In his book he explains how his
personal life has been marred by poverty and tragedy, his
difficult rise to fame, his bullying father who died on the day of his
bar mitzvah, and particularly the very close relationship he had with
his beautiful but troubled mother, whose lengthy struggle with
depression and carefully planned suicide has haunted him since the
afternoon he found her, just days after his 21st birthday.
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Born in 1955, Dale Winton grew up in North London and
attended Aldenham Public School, Hertfordshire, England.
He began his DJ career in London clubs before moving on
to work professionally at United Biscuits Network (UBN) in 1974 where he
presented his own morning show, broadcasting to the
workforce. In 1977 he went to work at Nottingham's Radio Trent,
then much further afield to Radio Danube (Yugoslavia). He came back to
the UK to front an entertainment show at Chiltern Radio (Luton) .
In 1986 he was seen on TV for the first time with BBC's
"Pet Watch" programme. He joined Beacon Radio (Wolverhampton) in
1988 for three years, and during the same period was seen on Home
Today with Fern Britton on ITV, plus his own talk show on
satellite's Lifestyle Channel. Supermarket Sweep was Dale's big
success in 1990 and became a hit with ITV's daytime audience followed by
The Weekend Show, Pets Win Prizes, and the National
Lottery (from 1996) all for BBC 1.
In August 1995 Dale stood in for Simon Mayo for two
consecutive Sundays presenting the Classic Years on BBC Radio
1. He did such a great job that the BBC remembered him and in March
2000 they asked him to take over the reigns from Alan 'Fluff' Freeman
who was retiring after four years presenting the Saturday golden oldies
show Pick of the Pops on Radio 2. Dale said in an
interview at the time that he was "nervous about taking over the show
from such a legendary broadcaster".
For over 25 years Dale Winton's winning ways have made
him one of Britain's most popular and powerful personalities.