Rest in peace and rock on Pete Fornatale. Thank you for all the years of wisdom and guidance into good music. So many years ago when I first heard you on the in-comporable WNEW 102.7 you were a forerunner of the DJ pantheon. Condolences to the Fornatale Family. The air waves are certainly with greater distortion since your silence.
To the FORNATALE family sorry for your loss may GOD give you his love, peace, and strength in this time of sorrow. May he R.I.P -|-
"There was magic in the radio, enchantment in the ether.
A power born of mind and brain, and yet a part of neither.
A power to be reckoned not in kilowatts or joules,
A means to let a single voice touch half a million souls."
-Ballad of the Sandman
Rest in peace Pete.
We do love you so...
To the family and friends, God is our refuge and strength a help that is readily to be found in times of distress. Psalms 46:1
I've listened to Pete, here at home in New Mexico, for eleven years. Now my life will be different. He will be SO missed. Bonny Holder in Cedar Crest, NM
R.I.P. Pete Fornatale (so sad) he was an awesome DJ on WNEW 102.7 back in the day of awesome rock n' roll! He even wrote his own fan letters! I miss his soothing voice and awesome interviews. The good old days when "Radio Ruled" with Vince Scelsa, Dennis Elsas, Scott Muny, Alison Steele the Nightbird, Jonathan Swartz, Pete Fornatale, Dave Herman, Richard Neer, Pat St. John etc.
Listen to pete growing up here in new jersry.. he will be greatly missed..
My early music heart was formed by 'NEW, Pete, Scott, Dennis, Jonathan, Alison, Alex Bennett, everyone
else...then on to 'FUV, Mixed Bag made my Sat. nites, like a great friend, I think it was this past Jan 8th, when Pete celebrated Bill Graham's birthday by playing continuous live sets from The Fillmore(s). I had driven to the store, I couldn't get out of the car until his show had finished! Keep playin' upstairs' cause I can still hear your voice...
Pete was married to my cousin Susan. My heartfelt sympathy to Sue, Pete Jr, Mark & Steven. You are in our prayers and thoughts. Pete was an institution in the radio industry he will be missed dearly. We love you Pete. Cousins Debi & Walter
Saturday afternoons will never be the same.
In the 70s we did a newsletter called "Cultural Information Service" primarily written for progressive Christian churches (especially their youth directors). We covered rock and as we put the newsletter together, we listened continuously to WNEW. Pete and his colleagues not only introduced us to some great music, they provided the soundtrack for our work. We will always remember him and remain to this day grateful. Here's a tribute we wrote for our blog: http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/links/index.php?id=22818
Wow - I am still in shock. I met Pete for the first time at WFUV on air in 2010. I would ratehr spend my time talking with Pete about music than any other rock and roll personality. The Best! Never to be duplicated.
My deepest sympathies to the Fornatale family. Another great voice stilled. Thank you for sharing this great man with us for so many years.
Such a gracious and interesting person who educated me in the wonderous world of great music. I had the great opportunity to meet Pete recently... What a marvelous person who will be missed! I guess Levon needed someone to discuss his musical life with and since Pete is the best interviewer, it had to be. Rest in Peace.
I love Mr. Fornatale. All the DJ's on WNEW. There has never been a station that was so wonderful at introducing new talent and having such knowledge of the current trends in music. Mr. Fornatale help educate me and I am grateful. May he rest in peace with rock n roll playing forever.
I put out this thank you to Pete, to carry the message to his soul. Your Sunday mornings and eventual Saturday evening weren't supposed to ever end. We're all so lucky you were part of our souls in bringing us such beautiful perspectives of such interesting and also beautiful songs and artists. I, like so many others must feel, have lost the best friend that I never met face to face, but soul to soul.
Been a listener / fan for almost 40 years! Alternative Rock/Folk will miss him dearly.
Although I did not know about this man until his passing, if it hadn't been for Mr. Fornatale's influence on radio media, I might not have ever discovered Poco and their fabulous 2nd album, "Poco" back in 1971. Thank you for that, Mr. Fornatale. It's still on my "Only 10 Albums on a Desert Album" list at age 56. My sincere condolences to his family.
My deepest sympathy to the family.. for the lost of your loved one...i always like to think of reassurance from God's word to get theough tough times...may it to comfort your heart.._1 cor. 15:26
Pete Fornatale..or as I called him: "Jonathan Schwartz Lite" since their voices and approach to music history resembled each other in my way of thinking. Such a soothing voice Pete possessed. Many a night I would listen to the "progressive" rock of the '70s on WNEW FM 102.7 night afer night listening to the "deep cuts" of albums he would play. I'll miss him as I have missed Scott Muni,the Night Bird and Rosco..wow..life is slipping by. RIP,Pete. You WILL be missed.
How this sweet, sincere, gifted man will be missed. His soothing voice made evrything more alive. His radio and PBS presence has been a constant in my life for over 35 years. So many thanks to him. My sympathy to his family.
Donna, Ramsey, NJ
I listened every day, in the afternoons (definitely) on Saturday. He was like an old friend. RIP.
My condolences to the Fornatale family... I grew up listening to Pete on WNEW in the 70's, and loved his shows. Pete will be greatly missed. What a huge loss.
Pete, You will forever be a part of our hearts, music and life as you were in our childhood, youth and adulthood! You were our "mixed bag" of only goodness, compassion and passion for music, musicians and will remain a part of all of our yesterdays, todays and tomorrows! We will miss you but will know you are with us when each musical note and song is played on the radio. With many tears,
Pete Fornatale was a part of my life since he first sat at a microphone at WNEW FM in the late 60's. I've been a fan and admirer ever since. His voice has been stilled now. But it will live on in the hearts and minds of millions forever. Rest in Peace, Pete Thanks for a great ride. Fordham has lost another great alumni.
I will always hear his smile.
Pete, Scottso, The Nightbird, Dave Hermann, the Mears... all a part of my growing up with music in NYC. My condolences to the Fornatale family.
Mixed Bag was a huge part of my life in the 80s. Pete exposed me to great folk and beyond music that I still pursue today. Pete had a voice and a delivery and knowledge that set the standard.
I am so very sad about the loss of Pete. My heart and prayers go out to the Fornatale family.
A very important part of my life for nearly 30 years has been taken away.
There are not enough words to describe how much his work and spirit has influenced and given comfort to me.
So very sorry.
My Deepest Sympathy.
I will always remember an interview you conducted with Brian Wilson, how many years ago?, ending with an fascinating appreciation of the song "Until I Die." It was the reverb from the chauffeur's quarters! You made brought out something that was hidden, something human and meaningful, respectful of your interview, but also of your audience. Here, and in everything you did, you made a difference.
My deppest sympathies to the family of Pete Fornatale
One sad day for us...to lose such a good friend and DJ...growing up with Pete on WNEW was a pleasure beyond belief...he was the soul of rock music..a great individual that cared so much about the musicians he helped create...Bless your rockin' heart Pete...Shirl, Edison, NJ
Can't express my sorrow to lose you buddy! Your infectious laugh always brought a smile to my face and soul. thank you and rest in peace! Meg
You broadened my appreciation of music and introduced me to many,many new sounds.
Red Bank & Tucson
MAY YOUR FAMILY FIND COMFORT IN THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT AND PEACE.1PETER 3:7
I am so sorry for your lost. May you and your family rely on God in this time if grief.
when I went from am to fm radio in the 60's you were there.your like a old friend.R.I.P.
Thank you for the wonderful years of your talent and soothing voice!
Great guy-the best DJ. Rest in peace Pete. Sincere condolences to the family.
Jim, Sacramento, CA
You were with me in the car on my way to Catholic all girls high school in the late 60's, early 70's. on WNEW. Then through college and until the end of NEW. I never forgot you, Pete. Now I never will. Thank you for your intelligent, evolved mind and your respect for music.
still coming to terms with your passing. Before you get to organizing all the talent, please try and relax a bit, and enjoy the show! RIP Pete!
Thanks Pete, ---> Class of 1971 SWMHS. Rock the Heavens Now! I Remember those WNEW days VERY WELL!!!
To the family: As you grieve of sadness may the "hearer of prayer" help you to endure this time of sorrow and grant you peace. My deepest condolences. (Psalms 65:2)
Thanks for the memories Pete..RIP.
Rest in peace Pete and thanks for being a part of MR class of '70
I always looked forward to hearing you.....first on WNEW then on WFUV. You can't know how much I miss you.
You were a pleasure to listen to, and were a part of those memories that still bring a smile and tear to my eyes. Thank you so much, rest in peace and I know the music will continue in heaven....
Enjoyed the ride my friend, we are all richer for the experience thanks Pete
BEING A BRONX GIRL, I HAD A SPECIAL FEELING FOR PETE. HE DID SO MUCH FOR THE MUSIC OF THE DAY, AND FOR RADIO BROADCASTING.
LONG LIVE ROCK n ROLL.
CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Pete truly was a great man. In the summer of 1969, just as he was joining WNEW, he introduced so many people to Neil Young was in the process of joining C,S,& N. He loved Poco and once played "And Settlin Down" twice in a row. Unprecedented! He used to fight with Scott Muni over who would get to play Tuesday Afternoon on Tuesday afternoons. He also confessed that he liked the Four Seasons and had the guts to play them on WNEW. More importantly, he approached everything with class and civility. And he never forgot his Catholic and Jesuit roots. There will never be another like him. R.I.P., my friend. And thanks for so many GREAT, GREAT , GREAT memories.
I'm another WNEW-FM listener from the late 60's and early 70's ... Pete was a great part of the music and culture of that period. RIP.
I listened to Pete when he was with WNEW FM. I always enjoyed his show and his insight into the music. Its an era gone by; sad for all us baby boomers.
Fran (Commack, NY)
Pete's legacy is larger than life. He had a profound impact on generations of listeners. His kind voice and intelligent sets will never be forgotten.Old friends are the best friends."Preserve your memories, they're all that's left you."
Pete gave joy and many serene moments to us all.
I remember listening to Pete when I was living in NYC in the 80's . He was a great Rock Radio DJ. You will be spinning records in heaven now.
Pete will be missed by thousands and thousands of music lovers like me who grew up on the wide open variety provide by Pete and the WNEW-FM team.
God bless you; RIP Pete.
MY SYMPATHY FOR THE FAMILY OF MR. FORNATALE. MAY THE GOD OF COMFORT BE WITH YOU AT THIS TIME OF NEED. ( 2ND COR. 1:3)
Sorry to hear of Pete's passing. He had such a relaxed vibe as he presented some of the best music of our times. From WNEW and later on WFUV, I always enjoyed his radio work... Gone but not Forgotten.
I'm feeling so very sad about Pete's passing. I heard 2 guys on WFAN talking about Pete yesterday and I just thought that it had to do with his growing up in the Bronx. Then I turned to WFUV and the Beach Boys were singing "Add some music to your day", and somehow that struck me that something wasn't right. Pete made things right and he will be oh so sorely missed. My deepest condolences to his family, colleagues, friends, and long-time listeners like myself.
Sad news, indeed. I remember the wonderful days at WNEW FM when the open format reigned. Radio will never match it or be the same. RIP Pete - you gave us magic over the air waves.
My husband and I will truly miss him.
I worked with Pete at WNEW-FM in the late 60's & early 70"s. He was a very unique DJ and his ability to segue from one song to another in a special way has never been duplicated by anyone else. My condolences to his family.
Pete was truly a giant during the golden age of FM radio, when deejays knew and loved the music and shared their passion with the audience. He, Scott Muni, Allison Steele, Dick/Richard Neer and Dave Herman inspired their listeners.
From listening to Pete on Fordham college radio when he was a student there in the '60s to Mixed Bag today -- very sweet memories. Lived a mile away from the Fordham transmitter back then. The signal was so strong, it would come through on Channel 6 on the TV.
My memories will last the remainder of my life of the wonder of Pete Fornatale. Years of WNEW & WFUV gave me the soundtrack of my life. My sincere condolences to Pete's family, colleagues, friends and millions of listeners whose lives were enriched by this very special man.
Pete Fornatale's family, co-workers and friends, and millions of listeners will mourn him. His contribution to radio and music over these decades cannot be easily summed up. Rest in peace.
If there is a Rock and Roll Heaven, You will picking the music! It was great knowing you,Thanks for all of the music! Lou Savastano ( Greensboro, Noth Carolina)
Pete and WNEW shaped my love of rock n roll. So sorry to hear of his passing.
My teen years in Westchester, WNEW 102.7 NY was a 24/7 lifeline. No one more so than Pete. RIP Pete, Allsion, and Scott. Heaven FM, where rock lives.
May you rest in peace loved listening. Are you shining the light on the Mets I hope so!
I worked with Pete since he came to WFUV and listened to him as a kid growing up. He will be missed...
I will always remember Pete and th golden age a NEW. I was fortunate to meet him at Monmouth University a couple of years ago. RIP, Pete. Sharon Richmond Shrewsbury, NJ
I'm very sad to hear that Pete Fornatale has passed away. I have many fond memories of being interviewed by Pete on Mixed Bag, both with The Roches and with The Carolling Carollers. He had a wonderful way of making his guests feel welcome, respected and important, no matter where they were positioned in show-business hierarchy. Thank you, Pete. May you be free from suffering.
Pete is "the" DJ of the angels.
As a young teen growing up on Long Island WNEW was so critical to the development of my appreciation for music. I can still recall Pete's mellifluous voice and easy way. Thank you for being you.
A real treasure who guided my generation to find great music in different places
Can you imagine the radio station forming in heaven with Pete, Scott and Allison, all with Dick Clark producing? You will be missed. Thanks for the music.
So shocked and deeply saddened to hear about Pete's passing. My entire teen years were marked by Pete and WNEW. I recently enjoyed listening to Pete on Mixed Bag. His interviews with musicians, were very interesting and his stories showed his deep love of music.
RIP Pete. You'll be joining that great band in the sky...
I grew up in the NJ area and remember fondly Pete's voice over the airwaves. Rock music was something that my parents I and I shared a love of and it was a way to connect with them and the greater world outside of us. I grew up on a steady diet of awesome music and Pete played a roll in that. I hope that he was welcomed by a heavenly host of musicians with a reception to "beat the band!"
I remember listening to Pete on WNEW-FM in the mid-late 70s (I'm pretty sure he had the 2 - 6 slot, didn't he? Right before Scott Muni?). His voice was so soothing and had such a calming effect. I always looked forward to his time slot to hear him and his music. Forty years later I still remember my summer afternoons, lying in the sun, listening to Pete. My condolences to Pete's family and friends.
A friend and collegue is what Pete Fornatale was to many and thanks to comforts of God's word he is resting in sleep (Ecclesiastes 9:5).
Pete has been part of my listening life for many years. Thanks for a marvelous education! Comforting thoughts to his family.
How sad: my heart aches to learn of Pete's passing! Pete Fornatale was part of a generation of fabulously talented and knowledgeable DJs at WNEW-FM including Jonathan Schwartz, Dennis Elsas, Scott Muni, Vin Scelsa and the late Allison Steele (the "Night Bird"). We shall not soon see his like again.
Rest in peace, dear Pete: you touched the lives of thousands who you never met, and left the world a better place than you found it!
Truly a sad two weeks for the Music World. We have lost Levon Helm, Greg Ham (Men At Work), Chris Ethridge (Flying Burrito Bros), Dick Clark, and, now - Pete Fornatale.
When FM was in it's infancy, Pete Fornatale was there with his free-form-radio format and expanding musical tastes of his many listeners.
I met Pete, years ago, at a Poco show at the Academy Of Music in NYC. A gentleman and true fan of such a great band.
Pete, keep the music playing in the Halls of Heaven and THANK YOU!
RIP Pete. To the Fornatale family: my sincere condolences.
Pete was a true artist and visionary. We as listeners, were indeed privledged. He will be sorely missed!
Dear Pete: Have a spiritual, exceptional wild ride on your spiritual evolution. I'll be praying for you. Your contributions to music will live on forever. One Love, Tess.
God Bless you, Pete, and your family. I had the pleasure of meeting you at the Rock-Con Festival in July 2010 and spent about 15 minutes talking with you about your career and music. You signed your book for me and it was a moment I will always remember. I admired you during your days at WNEW-FM with "Scotts-o" and the "crew". The music and radio world has lost a "Treasure" and an icon.
My deepest condolences to the Fornatale Family.
Paul Rizzo (Manahawkin, NJ)
Thank you for a lifetime of music, Pete. A huge piece of NYC music history is gone, never to be replaced. We will miss you terribly, Pete. Say "hi" to Elvis, and John, and George, and Jimmy, and Janis...and all the rest.
Pete had a lovely, soothing voice...perfect for a DJ.
So great to see these posts. Pete must be smiling knowing how many people love him.
May all the joy you gave be returned to you Pete. Thank you for making Saturday from 4-8 a joy and for raising our spirits for more than 40 years. Rest in Peace.
I use to listen to you on WNEW everyday, you were one of the best, R I P
Thanks, Pete, for encouraging us to actually think about the music, and for extending the boundaries.
I'll keep listening…the FUV archives will be your ongoing show! Thank you for what you taught me to hear
The True Pioneer of Rock Radio. Thanks for free-form radio pete.
So long Pete. I'll miss your wit, your kind voice, your knowledge of rock. If there's a rock and roll heaven, I hope you get the morning drive gig on God's radio station.
Listened and loved Pete Fornatale in the 70's on WNEW. That was a time when DJ were DJ's. No prerecorded..live on the air. Rest in Peace and thankyou
Say hi to Janis , Jimi, Jim & the gang
Pete will be sadly missed by many. Truly one of the Best...