Pete DJ-ing in 1967
Pete was hospitalised for four months when 11 years of age
after being attacked by a dog in Jamaica.
He was the official UK and West Indies water-skiing
championship entry in 1963.
Studied Medicine at McGill University in Canada.
Whilst in Jamaica on holiday from University, Pete
catalogued the records at the local radio station.
Pete married show-jumper
Judith Humble in 1966; wedding guests included David Jacobs, Simon
Dee and Dave Cash.
During his time at Radio 1, he lived in a mews house in
Born 1942 in Montreal, Canada, Pete's first experience of spinning
the discs was at Radio Jamaica, covering for their regular DJ who had been involved in a
car crash. Here he presented a mixture of slots including Sports, News
and a Women's' magazine show. Moving to the UK in 1964, in December he presented the first record
on the new offshore station Radio London. Pete fronted
the daily Breakfast show at Big L until September 1965 when he
Light and Luxembourg
In 1966 he was approached by the BBC to become one of the
presenters on the daily Light Programme pop show Midday Spin. He
was also heard fronting Swing into Summer and the record review show
Newly Pressed. Listeners in the UK and Europe
also tuned into his EMI record shows on 208 Radio Luxembourg.
Radio 1 ... and Magpie
Following a similar path to DJs Tony Blackburn, Kenny
Everett and Simon Dee, the natural progression was to Radio 1 at it's
launch in September 1967. Pete was given a major six-day-a-week afternoon
slot Monday to Saturdays. He played a varied mix of current pop and
rock music, new releases as well as big band, jazz and instrumental
music. The second half of the show was also carried on Radio 2.
In July 1968 he became one of the original presenters on
Thames TV's new youth magazine programme, Magpie. Here he "flew
jets, raced cars and played around with boats and space capsules."
The commitment required for his TV appearances
meant that when Magpie became a twice-weekly programme, he found
difficulty maintaining his Radio 1 shows
and Pete left BBC radio late in 1968. He continued with Magpie until
Back on the Beeb
1971 found Pete on Radio 2 presenting an afternoon show,
however after a few programmes he decided the playlist and older target
audience were not compatible with his own style of show, so the series
Now living in London, Pete is currently Chief Executive at
Crystal Clear Film & Video Ltd., a corporate video Company which
was established 1982 in SW London.