Pete Donaldson

Pete Donaldson

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Arriving at Absolute Radio in May 2011, Pete was thrown in at the deep end at the Isle of Wight Festival, tackling backstage band interviews with the headline acts after just three weeks on the job! You can catch Pete from 8pm on Absolute Radio from Mondays to Thursdays. Join him for the rundown on the best new albums, stacks of gig ticket giveaways and the finest live sessions.

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Live sessions, interviews and Pete's album of the week, every weekday evening from 8pm.

Whether he's roaming the red carpets at the BRIT Awards, Mercury Music Prize or leading the charge at Hollywood movie release junkets like Batman's Dark Knight Rises, Pete has the natural ability as an interviewer to create an instant spark and rapport with the celebrities, artists and bands that he meets.

Pete's daily show on Absolute Radio 90s, which is the UK's only 90s radio station, includes all the best music you remember from the decade and none of the duds, with core artists including Oasis, Blur, Portishead, REM, U2, Primal Scream, Guns n Roses, The Stone Roses, Pulp and The Chemical Brothers.

In August 2011 Pete embarked on his shiny new role as roving reporter at the summer's other music festivals for Absolute Radio. Pete was one of the first people to lay eyes on Alex Turner's new quiff and 'greaser' look at V Festival when he settled down in the Arctic Monkeys' dressing room to catch up with the boys. He also sat on KT Tunstall's sunglasses, which in her own words 'improved them', lounged around in the sunshine with Manic Street Preachers, and swapped festival stories with Johnny Borrell from Razorlight.

Watch Pete's backstage V Festival interviews.

While studying graphic design at De Montfort University in Leicester, Pete spent a year working in a zoo and admits to not doing much work, instead he could be found hanging out in the gibbon house which he says seems to have prepared him for the radio industry!

'Cheeky Pete', as he's known to his mates, is a dedicated Newcastle fan and makes up one quarter of The Football Ramble, the hugely popular football podcast. It's not just Absolute Radio listeners that have the pleasure of Pete's dulcet tones, you may well recognise his voice from ITV2 and DMAX, and he earned his music stripes fronting chart shows for The Box and 4Music.

A man of many talents, Pete has helped to judge the BAFTA Video Game Awards as he's quite the keen gamer!

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Join Pete Donaldson on Absolute Radio, Monday to Thursday from 8pm. You can also catch him on Absolute Radio 90s, Monday to Fridays from 2pm-5pm.
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