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