Virgin Radio to air Pete Mitchell tribute this weekend

A special show to celebrate the life and career of radio presenter Pete Mitchell, hosted by Chris Evans, will be broadcast on Virgin Radio UK on Sunday evening.

Pete died suddenly last month, aged just 61, while out walking near his home in Stockport. His 34 years in radio as a presenter and producer had seen him work at stations including Piccadilly Radio, Key 103, Virgin, Radio 2, 6 Music and Absolute Radio. Perhaps most famous for his partnership with Geoff Lloyd on Virgin Radio in the 2000s, he’d most recently been making ‘Revolutions in Music’ documentaries for the new Virgin Radio.

Pete was instrumental in launching the careers of numerous bands and artists including The Charlatans, Badly Drawn Boy, Elbow, Amy Winehouse and Oasis – and was the first presenter in the UK to play Oasis on the radio.

A Tribute To Pete Mitchell will be broadcast at 9pm on Easter Sunday (12th April) and features contributions from Tim Burgess from the Charlatan, Guy Garvey from Elbow, Damon Gough (AKA Badly Drawn Boy), New Order’s Bernard Sumner and Noddy Holder from Slade.

Virgin Radio Content Director Mike Cass told RadioToday: “We’re all still working through what it means to not have our friend with us any more. But it has been a real pleasure to celebrate his passion, his commitment and his achievements with those musicians whose lives he touched and whose careers he fostered.”