Peter C. Cavanaugh
At the age of sixteen in 1957, Peter C. Cavanaugh enjoyed a fifty-eight
percent total audience share on his hometown station, WNDR in Syracuse,
New York. Decades later, hes written a book about his adventures
ever since, promoting and producing literally hundreds of early
concerts with the likes of Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, Jimi
Hendrix, The Who, Bob Seger, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Kiss and
so on, as well as running a seven station radio group which included
the top-rated Rock n Roll stations in America. Peter
lives in Oakhurst, California, with his wife, Eileen.
all who had a major influence on me while growing up in the Midwest,
none matched the audaciousness, tenacity and gonzo-like behavior
of Peter Cavanaugh. He was more than just the rock n roll
guru who gave America its first encounters with The Who, Bob Seger
and all the great Detroit bands (Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, MC5,
etc.) He was the one who taught me how to go up against the powers-that-be
and live to tell all. Thank you, Peter Cavanaugh, for saving a generation
of Flint kids from the likes of Pat Boone
MOORE -"Stupid White Men", "Bowling For Columbine", "Fahrenheit 9/11"/"SiCKO"
Peter C. Cavanaugh on the air at WNDR in Syracuse, New York. 1959
Although professionally known as "Peter C. Cavanaugh", Peter's actual middle name is "Lawrence", named after a Great-Great Uncle hung by the British on October 12, 1846 for Insolence.
Peter and Eileen Cavanaugh on a trip to Steamboat Springs,
Kathleen Glynn and Michael Moore at WWCK-FM in Flint, Michigan. 1985.
WWCK had just become the highest-rated Rock 'n Roll radio station in America.