Legendary broadcaster Peter Young passes

Jazz FM colleague and friend, the legendary Peter Young has passed away

Broadcaster, music expert and lover of radio Peter Young – the man who was associated with Jazz FM for more than 25 years – passed away on the evening of 1st November 2018.

Peter retired from Jazz FM due to ill health in the summer of 2017, but always with the hope that following a recovery he would be able to return to the airways to bring joy to jazz, funk and soul fans.

He started his broadcasting career on the close circuit radio service United Biscuits Network (UBN), which was created to provide entertainment, music and messages to the thousands of workers in the United Biscuit factories across the UK.  Here he met lifelong broadcasting alumni Nicky Horne, Graham Dene and Roger Scott amongst others while perfecting his unique style of broadcasting. From there, Peter joined the fledgling Capital Radio and after a fleeting visit to local radio in Sussex (“Less Swiss Cottage, more like Pease Pottage”) he returned, until Ron Onions, Chris Philips and Jez Nelson persuaded him to join Jazz FM at launch to host the Drivetime Show.  And with Jazz FM he stayed.

Throughout the years, PY’s beloved Soul Cellar programme moved everywhere with him, becoming one of the longest running feature shows on commercial radio in the UK.  Celebrating the Northern Soul sound (and so much more), the Soul Cellar found a place in the heart of the UK soul fraternity.

In recent years PY found his natural home on Saturday afternoons and would spend his entire week preparing for his three hours of blissful musical escapism to a devoted following.

Chris Philips announced his passing on air on Friday afternoon, ironically from the International Radio Festival in Malta which was celebrating PY’s second love – radio broadcasting - with a special audio tribute...

On Facebook, Chris continued…

“I will forever be in awe of his carrier bag chic, his preferred transportation method for his neatly organised towers of CDs carefully chosen throughout the week for his Saturday show. The inner most layer was an Our Price bag!!! Like a great tree he marked time with new outer layers covering defunct brands. His hilarious one liners and self-derision were beautiful. An inspiration to aspiring radio presenters like myself in the late ‘80s. I’ll always remember him slipping a Willis Jackson tune in on his Capital evening show and his delight in telling me the furore that came with it.”

Other Jazz FM presenters and former colleagues from radio, past and present, also paid tribute to PY on social media – many of whom owe Peter’s passion to getting them into the music and broadcasting. Here’s just a small selection of hundreds of tributes…


So much love for our good friend and beloved colleague, Peter Young.  

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