I was thinking while monitoring the playback that if you have never listened to my Rockollections show, this may just be the one you might want to sample.
It is a perfect example of what I try to do on a weekly basis, contains all the elements I humbly use to try to surprise and entertain you, and would be a fine way for us to get acquainted.
Continuing with Pete Fornatale and those early days of FM Rock Radio, he was very passionate about the Music- and among his favorites were Poco, the Beach Boys and songs about Radio.
DJ's come from around the country to work in New York City.
Again Pete was different- he was homegrown, he was one of us, with all the memories and experiences that come with that unique upbringing here.
He wrote books too, and I will read an inscription in one he wrote to me in his book "Back To The Garden: The Story Of Woodstock"- apparently I wasn't feeling well in May 2010, couldn't have been too bad cause I don't even remember it now, lol!
But I was very flattered by one particular thing he wrote to me...from the master to the apprentice!
In this episode, I will be playing a new song by the Beach Boys from an album due to come out in June.
It would have delighted him on a couple of levels.
And for only the 3rd time EVER, I will play a lengthy poem I fittingly first heard Pete play on the Radio.
It is called The Ballad Of The Sandman by Mike Agranoff.
It always gets a response, mostly from people who recall those early FM days in the 60's, but also from a surprising number of younger folks who heard about them and wish they had been around for the experience.
At any rate, once you hear it, you will never forget it!
Pete came full circle, ending his career at WFUV where he started, but now a seasoned (and paid) professional.
His last show was April 14th, 2012 and he did 4 hours on the 100th Anniversary Of The Titanic (sound like something I would do, lol?).
We'll hear what he played as a final set and how he ended the show, never knowing it would be his last.
He was only 66, didn't smoke, do drugs, wasn't overweight, maybe had a wine with dinner...he was Italian after all, lol!
Just shows you it's all a crapshoot- you can be a health nut or someone who doesn't give a crap, or like most of us somewhere in between...think it makes a damn difference?
There are fewer than a half dozen people I listen to intermittently on Radio, terrestrial or internet- you can make that one less now.
One of our DJ's is indeed missing...one of our creative greatest...FOREVER!
Rest In Peace Pete!
You were one of my heroes.
Here's the farewell link, but I have a feeling he'll be popping up again here, at WLSO.FM: