Peter Urban (presenter)

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Peter Urban
Urban at the Deutscher Radiopreis in Hamburg, 2016
Born (1948-04-14) 14 April 1948 (age 76)
Occupation(s)Musician, radio presenter
Known forGerman commentary for the Eurovision Song Contest (1997–2009; 2010–2023)

Peter Urban (born 14 April 1948) is a German musician and radio host. He is best known for being the German commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest between 1997 and 2023, except in 2009 because of illness.[1]


Urban attended the Gymnasium Carolinum in Osnabrück and the Artland-Gymnasium in Quakenbrück.[2] He then studied English literature, sociology, and history at the University of Hamburg. In 1977, he earned his doctorate with his thesis "Rolling Words – The Poetry of Rock: Texts of Anglo-American Popular Music."

Since 1973, he has been working for the Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR).[1] Additionally, he has realized various music projects as a rock musician and composer, including his band Bad News Reunion and the LP "Götz George Reads Charles Bukowski" (1978).[3] In 1988, he took on a position as an editor in the music department of NDR.

From 1995 to 1998, alongside his role as a music editor and presenter, Urban also served as the station voice of NDR 2. In 2003, he became the responsible editor for the programs "Nachtclub" and "Nightlounge" on NDR Info. At NDR 2, he hosted the show "NDR 2 Soundcheck Neue Musik," for which he personally curated the music program. In September 2016, the show was named after him and has been called "NDR 2 Soundcheck – The Peter Urban Show" ever since.[4]

From 1997 to 2023, he provided commentary for the Eurovision Song Contest on German television, with the exception of 2009 due to health reasons.[5][6][7] In 2007, he also commented on the Eurovision Dance Contest in 2007. In 2011, he was a member of the jury for the Live Entertainment Award, and in 2012, he served as a juror at the Jewrovision in Munich.

In 2013, Urban retired as an editor. However, as a freelance contributor, he continues to host his show on NDR and is part of the moderator team for the program "Nachtclub" on NDR Blue. In 2015, he co-commentated the Webvideopreis 2015 with the German web video producer HandOfBlood.[8] Since 2021, the show "Urban Pop – Musiktalk mit Peter Urban" has been airing on NDR Radio, featuring him as the host.


  • Rollende Worte, die Poesie des Rock. Von der Straßenballade zum Pop-Song. Fischer paperback, Frankfurt 1979, ISBN 3-596-23603-7.
  • On Air. Erinnerungen an mein Leben mit der Musik. Rowohlt, 2023, ISBN 978-3-498-00295-4.


  1. ^ a b "Peter Urban".
  2. ^ "Die deutsche Stimme des Eurovision Song Contest: Peter Urban". 30 March 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2023.
  3. ^ "Götz George Liest Charles Bukowski – Götz George Liest Charles Bukowski". Discogs.
  4. ^ "Die NDR 2 Sendungen im Überblick".
  5. ^ DPA (4 May 2009). ""Mr. Grand Prix" Peter Urban muss passen". Retrieved 22 March 2023.
  6. ^ Manuel Weis (22 March 2023). "Peter Urban hört als Kommentator des "ESC" auf" (in German). Retrieved 22 March 2023.
  7. ^ "Peter Urban verabschiedet sich vom ESC". NDR (in German). Retrieved 22 March 2023.
  8. ^ "Das war der Webvideopreis 2015". Broadmark. Archived from the original on 28 January 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017.

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