Tributes paid to Jazz FM presenter Peter Young

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Former Capital FM and Jazz FM presenter Peter Young, known affectionately as PY, has died from diabetes.

Peter stepped down from his show at Jazz FM in July 2017 due to ill health after 27 years on the station.

Jazz FM posted a tribute to him on Friday afternoon: “We are very sad to announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague Peter Young. A true Jazz FM and UK broadcasting legend who will be missed by all of us here.” A tribute audio package was played during Jazz FM’s slot at the International Radio Festival in Malta.

Peter was one of the original presenters on Jazz FM when in launched in London in 1990, along side Jez Nelson, Gilles Peterson and Chris Phillips. He’s well known for his Soul Cellar programme which launched on Capital in 1979, and he previously hosted Drive on Radio Mercury when it started in 1984.

His friends and colleague, including Jeff Young, Chris Philips, Mike Chadwick, Lynn Parsons and Andy Jacobs have paid tribute on social media.



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Posted on Friday, November 2nd, 2018 at 4:25 pm by Roy Martin

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5 Comments
  1. Lenroy Brown says

    He had a fantastic range of music knowledge and taste. Some of my favourite songs come from his Capital radio, JFM and Jazz FM radio shows.
    I’m not sure now (especially with the state of mainstream radio stations at present) if a talented DJ like Peter Young could fit into their remit now.
    R.I.P. Peter Young

  2. ciaran flavin says

    Incredibly underated. He had a fantastic career and derserved to do even better. You look at people like Simon Mayo and Dermot o Leary and wonder how they got onto national radio and Pete didnt. Like David Prever, i remember his capital countown on Sats at 9am.

  3. Neal says

    Truly gutted., Another radio legend lost to us. As mentioned by Lenroy and Ciaran the saddest thing of all is that Peter and his shows should have been on national radio but there are no FM national or indeed local stations left BBC or commercial run by or employing anybody with the brains or the intelligence to appreciate just how talented DJs like Peter are/were. Suppose we should be grateful Jazz FM understood to a degree what Peter was all about and gave him a broadcasting home but he deserved so much more. RIP Peter another bright light and wonderful human being who gave hours of listening pleasure has gone out. Hoped you would make it back and the soul cellar would live again. Always always lose the good guys and boy am I getting really p****d off about that.

  4. Ted Sears says

    So sorry to hear the sad news of PY’s passing. A brilliant DJ with an encyclopedic knowledge of jazz, soul and funk from the 50s to the present day. He introduced us to so much great music and was very funny too. Such a shame his huge talent wasn’t more widely known, but I don’t think he’d want to compromise his love of his music for mainstream success. He was simply the best and will never be forgotten.

  5. ciaran flavin says

    I have just remembered he used to do a nightflight programme on Capital Radio from 1am to 6am with Duncan Johnson doing some mornings as well . Coincidentally he has just died as well as announced in Radio Today.
    Other capital radio djs who have died in the last few years are Mike Allen and
    the very well known Dave Cash.
    Duncan went on to do a saturday show at 3pm called Afternoon Delight.

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