Pete Fornatale Dead At 66
April 26, 2012 at 12:51 PM (PT)
Award-winning disk jockey, rock historian and author PETE FORNATALE, the host of "Mixed Bag" on FORDHAM UNIVERSITY Triple A WFUV/NEW YORK and a NEW YORK radio icon for more than 40 years, has died. He was 66.
A private funeral mass is planned. WFUV (90.7 FM, wfuv.org) will offer an on-air celebration of his life and career on SATURDAY, MAY 5th from 4-8p.
"This is a devastating loss, not just for his family, friends, and colleagues at WFUV, but for radio listeners everywhere," said WFUV Interm GM CHUCK SINGLETON. "PETE was a beloved air personality for four decades and a master communicator. His influence as a pioneer of progressive FM radio is almost incalculable."
WFUV afternoon host DENNIS ELSAS said, "PETE FORNATALE was a radio innovator. His vision of programming music and entertaining his audience was unique and original. I heard that the first time I discovered his Campus Caravan show on WFUV in 1967. I would watch that grow as we became close friends and then be lucky enough to work together for so many years at WNEW-FM and WFUV. It is hard and sad for me and his devoted listeners to imagine the NEW YORK radio dial without him."
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that a donation be made in PETE FORNATALE’s name to WHYHUNGER, an organization that PETE has been associated with since it was co-founded by his good friend BILL AYRES and the late HARRY CHAPIN in 1975.
To donate to WHYHUNGER in FORNATALE's memory:
By check, payable to WhyHunger (be sure to write “Pete Fornatale” in the memo field):
Please mail to:
505 8th Avenue, Suite 2100
New York, NY 10018