PETE FORNATALE'S BACK TO THE GARDEN is in support of WHYHUNGER.ORG and features a VOPN LIST OF TEN that includes Richie Havens, Roger McGuinn, Melanie, Joni Michelle, Poco, Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, Brian Wilson, Neil Young and Harry Chapin. Directed by William Gerstenmaier and Tony Traguardo for VOPN.
In June of 2010, VOPN was very fortunate to have legendary broadcaster Pete Fornatale join our crew of hosts with his show "Back To The Garden" in support of WhyHunger.org. His show features Pete reflecting on some of his favorite friends and musicians. Pete Fornatale is a member of the VOPN Hall of Fame, he will forever have a place in broadcasting history and a home here at VOICEOFPEACE.COM. Return every month for a new selection of famous friends and videos.
Peter Fornatale (August 23, 1945 – April 26, 2012) was a New York City disc jockey and author of numerous books on rock and roll. He is considered a "pioneer of FM rock," who played an important role in the progressive rock era of FM broadcasting.
He was the first person to host a rock music show on New York City's FM band, commencing November 21, 1964 on WFUV. By broadcasting progressive rock and long album tracks, he was noted for introducing a musical alternative to Top 40 AM radio in New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Billboard called his station "a legend, affecting and inspiring people throughout the industry." He gave early exposure to country-rock bands like Buffalo Springfield and Poco, and did one of the first American interviews with Elton John.
In 1991 he was co-host of "Paul Simon Live in Central Park" and was often called to be an expert guest commentator on PBS specials, including those featuring Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Roy Orbison, Peter, Paul and Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor and others.
In the summer of 2011, Fornatale toured the Northeast with two different multimedia programs to support his most recent book releases. The show titled "Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock" focused on Fornatale's experiences as an on-air personality during that period, and it is highlighted by Woodstock-related anecdotes based on events that occurred throughout the DJ's lengthy career as an interviewer, DJ and author. The program titled "How Terribly Strange to be 70" looked at the tumultuous history of Simon & Garfunkel, beginning with their early years when they performed as the duo 'Tom and Jerry'. He was working on a book on the Rolling Stones at the time of his death.
A note from Tony Traguardo.
Hello Friends of Pete Fornatale:
The recent tributes have been incredible, beautiful events, full of love and positive, healing energy. In the coming week or two I will be posting some unique photos, videos and links from the 'For Pete's Sake' Aztec Two-Step show at City Winery (May 27th), as well as from the WhyHunger tribute to Pete at the Hard Rock Cafe in NY (June 26th) at http://www.petefornatale.com/
To donate to WhyHunger in Pete Fornatale's memory:
By check, payable to WhyHunger... be sure to write “Pete Fornatale” in the memo field... and mail your donation to…
505 8th Avenue, Suite 2100
New York, NY 10018
With Love, Peace and Music... Tony