Pete Fornatale On FM Odyssey Radio - First Song He Played On Mixed Bag AND Clip From His Interview With Harry Chapin!!
Growing up listening to him and then having him as a close friend for the last years of his life gave us a lot of time to play both on & off the radio!
He flew down to Florida for my birthday one year and of course we had to do my 'FM Odyssey' show! My co-producer, Paul Porzio flew in from DC to join us as well.
In this clip, Pete shares the dilemma he had of choosing a theme song for the first 'Mixed Bag 'Radio program & how Harry Chapin's divine intervention solved the problem.
Plus, a segment from an interview Pete did with Harry that was found after 25 years!.
Enjoy - Fred
Remembering Richie Havens On The 5th Anniversary Of His Death On Earth Day, April 22nd 2013 - & Story About Being The 1st Performer At Woodstock In 1969 & The Song Freedom That Came From It.
From my Interview with Richie Havens and the story of the song "Freedom", that ended his 2:45 minute first set at Woodstock in 1969.
I lost a friend that I've known for over 50 years. A friend for life. Michael Lombardo AKA "Jells".
He was part of the 7 of us that grew up together & have stayed in touch for all these years. I guess that makes us a family.
I call them "US". This program revisits many of the songs that Jells loved & it was compiled by "US".
But the significance of this show goes beyond just "US". It reaches out to you with the reminder to not lose touch with the people you love.
Distance, we're too busy or we're pissed off causes that disconnect. Until one day, it's too late.
I have always felt that we won't regret the things we did in life as much as we'll regret the things we didn't do.
While you're listening to this, I want you to think of someone you care about that for whatever the reason, you have stopped communicating.
If this program gets one person to pick up the phone and make that call, then I say "a job well done".
I love you Jells and be sure to take good care of the part of my heart you took with you.
My Mom passed away with dignity & grace on January 13th, 2018. The first hour are songs that remind me of her and songs she liked. A very healing set of music that several people commented was helpful for their healing with loved ones as well.
If you aren't in that space, it's still a very inspiring hour of music. Therapeutic for all.
In the second hour, a tribute to the great South African Trumpet player, Hugh Masekela who passed away on January 23, 2018. As well as a set of music that is the opposite of "No!"
And finally, my interview with Susan Graham White. Her first in over 15 years to celebrate her 1st album in 15 years! It's called 'Lost Art'.
Susan shares her inspiring story of how she overcame 'Sudden Sensory Hearing Loss' (SSHL) and her journey back to the recording studio.
We'll close out the year in grand style. Including several hours of nothing but live performances. Enjoy and Happy New Year!
Tired of hearing the same old Christmas songs for the past several months?
Not on this show!
Instead, thought provoking songs to paint visual landscapes of the holiday season that will make you feel it more than all the Christmas songs you've ever heard in your life!
The true spirit of the season done right!
Dedicated to Zero Migliore
Alison started her first radio gig on July 4th, 1966 as part of the new line-up of disc jockeys for the newly launched rock station WNEW-FM.
The station hired an all-female staff that was marketed as "sexpot radio".
Alison was chosen as one of the final four selected out of 800 women that applied.
She worked from 2- 7 PM.
After a year and a half, the station decided to dump the format and move to a progressive rock format and Alison was the only host they asked to stay.
As the sad anniversary of her passing comes around again, it’s also a perfect excuse to hear this interview from 1992 that I did with Alison. It was called "The Rise & Fall of FM Radio - The Glory Days".
In it, I interviewed three of New York's finest radio pioneers that helped create the legacy that WNEW-FM would become back in the late 60's-early 70's. Jonathan Schwartz, Pete Fornatale and Alison Steele.
I asked each of them to tell me their stories about how they arrived at WNEW-FM and what they experienced while making history together.
This post features my audio interview with Alison including some of her favorite songs interspersed throughout.
If it weren't for the huge influence they had on me growing up, I would have never been able to look back at the past 26 years (as of this post) of carrying the torch for them on my radio show FM Odyssey.
Enjoy this bit of "Edutainment’!
A musical journey through the physical, emotional and mental erosion of waiting in the cross hairs of a hurricane.
FM Odyssey uses the music to feel all the emotions to help heal before and after the hurricane passes.
Sending light and love to all who are in the path.
In 2011, Glen and I sat down together to do this interview. With Alzheimer's becoming very apparent, it was the most difficult interview to prepare for.
Being so conscious of making sure I positioned it in a way that we could both fully engage in a meaning full conversation.
This interview has never seen the light of day until now.
Enjoy and let us cherish another blessing that contributed to the soundtrack of our lives.
I knew I wanted to be like him, when I was 10!
Listening to Pete Fornatale doing a commercial on WNEW-FM in NY, for the Woodstock Music & Art Fair in 1969.
I never let that dream go and in 1991, I created my own radio show, based in Melbourne, FL., that reflected as closely as possible, the sound & delivery of the original Golden Age of WNEW-FM.
The original name of my show was 'Another Unconventional Sunday Morning' (1991-2001) and was changed to FM Odyssey when it became nationally syndicated after a very successful tribute show to the legendary Laura Nyro.
Through my 25 year journey on the radio, I met and interviewed many of my mentors and teachers. Jonathan Schwartz, Alison Steele, Pete Fornatale, to name a few. I studied them for years.
As the story goes, Pete and I became really good friends for the last 17 years of his life.
I was a guest on his show many times and he was a guest on mine.
Our 5 PM phone calls on Friday from where I was in Florida, to where he was in NY, led to discussions about what was happening in our personal lives, as well as what he was planning for his Mixed Bag show on Saturday and what I was going to do on FM Odyssey, the following morning.
In 2009, Pete was my guest for my 40th Anniversary of Woodstock show, completing the circle that started when I was 10!
This hour long archive from my private FM Odyssey collection, are highlights of a 3 hour show Pete and I did along with my co-producer, Paul Porzio, when Pete came to Florida to help me celebrate my 50th birthday.
The anniversary of Pete's passing is April 26th. (2012) 5 years ago, as of the time of this writing.
He continues to inspire me each week and I am so grateful that stations and listeners like you, have made it possible for FM Odyssey to be heard on Public and Community radio stations all over the country.
Oh! And why doesn't FM Odyssey air on a New York radio station? Because that was a silent and respectful understanding that Pete and I had.
I know you will enjoy this as much as we did, being in the moment. - Fred Migliore 4/25/17