Pete Price

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Pete Price
Birth name Peter Lloyd Price
Born 25 January 1946 (1946-01-25) (age 68)[1]
Wrexham, Wales, United Kingdom
Show Late Night City
Station(s) Radio City 96.7
City Talk 105.9
Time slot 10:00pm – 2:00am
(Sunday – Thursday)
Show Pete Price: Unzipped
Station(s) Radio City 96.7
CityTalk 105.9
Time slot 10:00pm – 2:00am
(Sunday, Bank Holiday Monday)
Style Phone-in talk show
Country England & Wales
Website peteprice.com
citytalk.fm

Pete Price (born Peter Lloyd Price on 25 January 1946)[2][3] is a British media personality and radio presenter, based in Liverpool, England. He is best known for the Sunday night talk radio show Pete Price: Unzipped, broadcast across sister stations City Talk 105.9 and Radio City 96.7. The show is aired live from 10pm to 2am and follows an open forum format.[4] Price's weeknight phone in, Late Night City airs live between 10pm and 2am, from Monday to Thursday and is simulcast on City Talk 105.9 and Radio City 96.7.

He is also a comedian, author, patron for Claire House Children's Hospice and columnist for the Liverpool Echo. He is well known for being openlygay which is often the subject of prank calls to his radio show.[5] He is dyslexic and often has trouble reading texts or emails on air. To complement his radio show Price also gives out a personal phone number for listeners to talk to him in confidence.[6]

Early life[edit]

Price was born in Wrexham, Wales, and adopted at three months old in April 1946 by Hilda Price and David Lloyd. He was raised in West Kirby, Cheshire, England. He was notably closer to his mother than his father, who repeatedly was violent towards Hilda Price.[7] When he was twelve he came to terms with his homosexuality, but when consulting his doctor he was told he'd "grow out of it". Two years later Price went back to the same doctor, only be to prescribed some Valium. A combination of his homosexuality, problems with school and problems socially put him into a state of despair. At the age of fourteen he attempted to overdose on child-strength aspirin, only to wake up the next morning.[7]

At fifteen Price was working as a hairdresser at the weekend whilst studying cookery at Birkenhead Technical College (now Wirral Metropolitan College). He soon got a job working for the wealthy Ward family, catering for their dinner parties, as well as being a close family friend. He soon got a professional catering job, a summer at the Cavendish Hotel in Eastbourne and went on to manage a Fullers Tea Shop in Worthing.[7]

Price was sent to an institution in Chester to receive aversion therapy when he came out to his mother at age eighteen. He left a further day later after being exposed to people being "treated" using electrodes. A few days later he recognised one of the psychiatrists from the institution in a gay bar. In 1993, after stories had emerged of others being treated this way in hospitals, he decided to go public with his story, to encourage more people to come forward.[7][8]

Radio career[edit]

Pete Price's Superlambanana

After several years as the cook on a cruise ship, he became a DJ for BBC Radio Merseyside at the age of twenty-one. Shortly after, Price made his first appearance on the comedy scene at Liverpool's 'The Shakespeare', working at various venues which include The Palladium and the QE2.[9] In the 1980s, he became a presenter on his former station's rival, 194 Radio City, and has remained so in its various incarnations since. He continues to star in pantomimes in Liverpool and Merseyside, as well as working for national newspapers including The Independent and The Times.[9] As a broadcaster he has worked with national BBC Radio One and Radio City for over 20 years, and continues to host his late night talk show on Radio CIty 96.7 – the programme is also carried by sister station City Talk.

In April 2009, Price was made an 'Honorary Scouser' by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool.[10]

Autobiography[edit]

In September 2007, Price launched his autobiography (co-written by Adrian Butler), Pete Price: Namedropper topped Liverpool best seller charts within its first few days of sale,[11] also being serialised in local newspaper the Liverpool Echo.

He often jokes about releasing a second autobiography entitled The Bitch is Back. This autobiography, to be published on the day of his death, he says, would contain a list of all the men he has slept with.[12]

Show[edit]

Price's current show was originally broadcast on Magic Radio, until it garnered mass attention following controversies with callers on air The show used to broadcast over Radio City 96.7 and City Talk 105.9 on Sun-Thurs nights. This was until July 2014 when City started to join up with the rest of the Bauer Media stations late night show with Kate Lawler.

Price presents a live phone-in programme which is broadcast on City Talk 105.9. Guests have included Dennis the Chemist whose pharmaceutical knowledge has been described as "truly astounding", and Pheobe, an alleged psychic and Angel Card reader. The programme is one of the most popular night-time talk shows in the UK, with one show recently attracting 19,000 attempted calls.[citation needed]

Controversy[edit]

Pete was praised for abandoning his midweek show on one occasion in February 2004 to go to the aid of a 13-year-old caller who was threatening to kill himself.[13] In his Liverpool Echo column, Pete has claimed that he was once asked to murder someone, but declined.

In January 2006, Pete's show on sister station Magic 1548 hit the headlines in Liverpool when a regular caller known as "Terry" stopped responding live on air during a debate. After Merseyside Police refused to check on the man's safety, Pete again abandoned the show (music was played after he left the St. John's Beacon studios) to travel to the man's home. Unfortunately, as he arrived, Pete saw an ambulance outside the house. Concerned listeners had already gained entry into the man's home and found that he had died from a suspected heart attack.[14] Soon after this, the Monday-Thursday show left Magic 1548 and was moved to Radio City 96.7's late night phone-in.

Also in September 2007, an extract from his autobiography was published in the Liverpool Echo, which revealed that Price had abused cocaine, although he "handed himself in" to the police shortly after through shame.[11]

In October 2007, it was reported by the Liverpool Echo that Price had received a "homophobic" death threat via text live on air. The sender was arrested shortly afterwards when police were contacted immediately after the receipt of the threatening text. They also reported that "on another occasion, a man tried to break into Radio City's headquarters, because he had become convinced Price had tried to kill John Lennon"[15]

In January 2008 Pete tried to find his natural father by using the networking skills of an imprisoned Sicilian Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano in the hope that "The Don" can help him trace his dad. His biological mother, upon restoring contact with him, gave him a photograph of his biological father: a Sicilian prisoner of war held near Warrington. Pete himself said that the Mafia "must have the best information network in the world".[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Deed Poll Registation Form for Pete Price". 9 December 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Liverpool Echo (10 February 2011). "Birthday full of surprises". Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Liverpool Echo (27 January 2011). "Pete Price: My state pension has arrived". Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Pete Price Phone In". City Talk 105.9. Retrieved 27 August 2008. 
  5. ^ Brown, Mick (2 February 2004). "Go ahead, caller, I'm listening...". The Telegraph. Retrieved 27 August 2008. 
  6. ^ Pete Price (9 April 2008). "Horses and Dogs!". Retrieved 27 August 2008. 
  7. ^ a b c d Price, Pete & Butler, Adrian (2007), Pete Price: Namedropper, Trinity Mirror, pp. 23–24, 33, 41–43, 45–50, 85–86, ISBN 978-1-905266-41-8 
  8. ^ "Gay Aversion Therapy". BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live. 07-01-05. Retrieved 27 August 2008. 
  9. ^ a b Official Biography, retrieved 29 August 2008 
  10. ^ "Liverpool's footballing legends among first round of Honorary Scousers". Liverpool Echo. 3 April 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2009. 
  11. ^ a b "Pete Price: My cocaine shame", Liverpool Daily Post, 24 September 2007, retrieved 29 August 2008 
  12. ^ Pete Price, retrieved 29 August 2008 
  13. ^ "Radio DJ 'saves boy's life'", BBC News, 6 February 2004, retrieved 29 August 2008 
  14. ^ "Radio talkshow caller dies on air", BBC News, 6 January 2006, retrieved 29 August 2008 
  15. ^ Butler, Adrian (20 October 2007), "Man charged over Pete Price death threat", Liverpool Daily Post, retrieved 29 August 2008 
  16. ^ Anderson, Vicky (3 January 2008), "Pete Price enlists Mafia to help trace his father", Liverpool Daily Post, retrieved 29 August 2008 

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