Lynn M. Bowles (born 27 November
1963 in Cardiff, Wales) is a
BBC Radio 2 traffic reporter and can be
heard relaying the latest traffic news on a half hourly basis on
the morning shows presented by Sarah
Kennedy, Terry Wogan and Ken Bruce.
Bowles graduated from university with a BA (Hons) in Communication Studies
PostGraduate in Film Criticism
which she became Assistant Managing Editor of OSRATI
- a Kuwaiti
joining the BBC, Bowles worked in New Orleans for a TV news station, but traffic news called and
she has presented travel news for, amongst others, Radio Caroline, Kiss 100, Choice FM
and Invicta, even broadcasting from a
Lynn eventually became the daytime travel
presenter on LBC
before joining BBC Radio 5 Live
and the John Inverdale
During her time at Five Live she was nearly drowned by the station
in a submerged helicopter. She also broadcast live from the M25 and managed
to cause a traffic jam in the process, reported from Tanzania on Comic
Relief day, and covered the American Motor Show in Detroit.
learnt to drive in a Land Rover and is
fast becoming a mascot for the marque after competing in the 2004
run of the Macmillan 4x4 UK
Challenge and co-presenting the Heritage Motor
Centre Land Rover show every year since 2005.
In the November 2007 Children in
week a "Money can't buy" experience was auctioned which
included spending a day with Lynn at Land Rover and other
automotive experiences under the banner of 'Petrolheads'. The item
raised £22,000 for the charity.
Many listeners of BBC Radio 2's Wake Up to Wogan
are familiar with
's banter with Bowles, who is
known to the TOGs
as 'Traffic Totty', which
often involves reading short poems from listeners cut short after 1
or 2 lines as the risqué innuendo is telegraphed. Her frequently
changing date of birth; usually wildly inaccurate; on her Wikipedia
page has become a long running joke on
Wogan's show. The various dates of birth have suggested that she is
everything from around 80 to around 20. Wogan alleges and
frequently alludes to the fact that Bowles' birthplace was the
Splott district of Cardiff, resulting in frequent
references to "The Totty from Splotty".
She has also been
punningly referred to as The Talk
. Bowles is well known on the programme for her affection
for Clark's Pies
Her Great Uncle Joe possessed the fastest donkey in Cardiff and she
still keeps several of the famous Monmouthshire High-Stepping Speed
Donkeys for her personal transport.
Bowles revealed in April 2008, in an interview with 'Min Dwr'
magazine, that she is the owner of two Welsh
, named "Tafod Bach" and "Siani".
Lynn is an ambassador for Bobath Children's Therapy Centre Wales, a
registered charity based in Cardiff which provides specialist
therapy to children from all
over Wales who have cerebral
- General Register Office Birth Index Quarter 4 1963
- BBC Biography
- Land Rover Enthusiast Article
- Heritage Land Rover Weekend
- Children in Need auction of promises
- BBC Biography