Listener Supported Public Media from Fordham University

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Mixed Bag

Four hours of new and old favorites on Saturday afternoons (4-8pm), only on WFUV.

Legendary New York rock radio DJ Pete Fornatale's legacy includes the long-running weekly program Mixed Bag, which airs Saturday nights on WFUV. It still reveals shades of his first radio show, Campus Caravan, which he debuted on WFUV in November 1964, spinning records by lesser-known artists, playing deeper album cuts than the current hit singles, and conducting soul-searching interviews with artists such as The Beach Boys, The Mamas and The Papas, and Simon & Garfunkel, all of whom came through Fordham on tour.

He continued in that vein after moving on to WNEW in 1970, where he developed Mixed Bag in 1982. As its name implies, Mixed Bag defies definition. It's an eclectic collection of music which - despite its diversity - centers around a weekly theme carefully chosen by Fornatale. Throughout the years, the program has helped launch the careers of singer-songwriters such as Suzanne Vega and Christine Lavin and has featured Fornatale's trademark in-depth interviews with icons such as Paul Simon, Pete Seeger and Joni Mitchell. In February, 2001, Fornatale returned to WFUV, Mixed Bag in hand, which he hosted until his passing in 2012.

Pete's good friend Don McGee has stepped in to host the Saturday show, heard from 4-8pm on WFUV.