Don’s Got a Brand New Bag!
It’s wonderful to see Don continue in this role. As so many of you have written to us over the past month, he’s the obvious choice. Don has long been primed for the job, as Pete Fornatale's former producer and frequent substitute. What’s more, Pete's wish to see Don succeed him has always been clear. We know Don will honor Pete's great legacy and take the show in his own unique direction.
Don has been the primary guest host for Mixed Bag, as well as a fill-in host for WFUV’s morning show. He began his professional career in 1987 as a producer of Saturday Morning Sixties, another program hosted by Fornatale at WNEW-FM, and was later an associate producer of Mixed Bag.
Pete Fornatale originated the program nearly 30 years ago and hosted it until his death in April. Mixed Bag debuted in December, 1982 as a Sunday morning program on WNEW-FM. It became a launching pad for a new generation of singer-songwriters, including Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, and Christine Lavin, and showcased Pete's penetrating interviews with artists such as Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. In January, 2000 Pete brought Mixed Bag to WFUV (where he got his start as a Fordham University undergraduate in the 1960s).
Congrats to Don from all of us at WFUV!