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
A few years back I was caught between New York & Florida, trying to get back to that sunny southern weather, before a blizzard!
I was successful, getting out of NY in the nick of time. But all the while, songs were playing in my head about my experience. A music travelogue if you will.
Fast forward to March 14th, 2017, and a new blizzard!! It triggered the memory & the show I got out of it!
So, if you are snowbound, or would like to take this journey on a day when it's 70 and sunny, here it is!
I heard that the new Judy Collins & Ari Hest CD called 'Silver Skies Blue' was nominated for a Grammy!
On October 28th, 2016, Judy Collins spent the day with our fans, celebrating my 25th anniversary of FM Odyssey on WFIT, 89.5 in Melbourne, FL. As well as the MANY other stations from across the country that air us each week.
It culminated with a 'Live' (WITHOUT A NET!!!!) interview that I did with Judy from the stage of the Gleason Performing Arts Center, in front of a live audience, that was broadcast on WFIT & to the world!
I thought we were doing the live interview in one of the studios at WFIT. Imagine my surprise when I was re-directed into this concert hall, only to see 2 seats & a pair of mics up on the stage with our names on it and a whole bunch of people in the seats!
There are so many memories I have made doing this show and Judy always manages to pop up in a lot of them. Here is another one!
Congratulations, Judy on your Grammy nomination with Ari and thanks for being a part of what I do, for all these years!
- Fred Migliore
If you missed my live broadcast of this, earlier, on Thanksgiving, here it is again!
My 22nd annual Thanksgiving show! Featuring, previously unreleased songs from the Band's farewell concert, 'The Last Waltz', recorded 40 years ago, Thanksgiving night, 1976. The official start of this holiday season kicks off with Arlo Guthrie's 'Alice's Restaurant'. Recorded from the stage of the Riverside Theater in Vero Beach, FL., for FM Odyssey! Plus songs about the Fall, missing people we love, & the holiday season plus more.
Your sound track for Thanksgiving Day 2016 , begins by clicking below. Gratitude, Gratitude!
Here is a real gem. My hour long interview with him, featuring songs and stories from his album, "Croz".
I didn't play a bunch of Eagles songs on my radio show last Sunday, to remember Glenn. Instead, I became curious about the beginning of his journey & the events leading up to the formation of (The) Eagles.
From his first gig with J.D. Souther, in 1969, calling themselves Longbranch Pennywhistle. To the amazing role Linda Ronstadt played, in the incubation of the Eagles(!!) I learned a lot and would like to share the story and the music with you.
"For people who don't understand why others mourn the death of artists, you need to understand that these people have been a shoulder to cry on. Our rock.
They've been family, friends, leaders, teachers and role models.
Many have taught us what we need to know and what to do when times get rough.
They've helped us move on. They've pushed us out of bed. They've helped us live, when nobody else had the time to.
Artists have inspired us in endless ways and have been with us through stages in our lives.
We've made memories with them. So when they die, a part of us dies."
July 5th - 2015 - I had so much fun with this show! As usual, no prepared playlist. Just a song in my head to prime the pump and the rest just happened!
Unusual music styles in the first set, coming from artists you wouldn't think of, such as the Byrds, Blondie, Geoff Muldaur with Martha Wainwright, Dan Hicks, Steely Dan. The rest of the show includes: Seatrain, New albums from James Taylor & Willie Nelson with Merle Haggard. Arthur Lee & The Love Group, my interview with the retiring General Manager of FM Odyssey's longest running weekly affiliate radio station.
Sunday, April 26th, marks the 3rd anniversary of losing legendary, New York radio pioneer, Pete Fornatale.
He was a friend and mentor to me and and a driving force behind the birth of my radio show, FM Odyssey. Now in its 24th year.
This is a clip from my 3 hour tribute show that will air on Sunday, April 26th, 2015, from 10 - 1 PM - edt. Go to my home page at the time and click to listen.
I still remember not being able to find Richie anywhere in my house. Then, I happened to look out the sliding glass doors at him bouncing up and down on my kid's trampoline!
After we both chilled for a bit, we spent several hours in the FM Odyssey studios discussing his long and rewarding journey.
I love my gig because I get to ask questions I've always wanted to know.
Like this song, 'Follow', from Richie's 'Mixed Bag' album. I always wanted to know how this beautiful song made it on to that record?
As another anniversary of his passing is upon us, April 22nd, 2013, its nice to have these memories to share with you.