In the nearly 2 years that he has been on New York’s Hot 97, Peter Rosenberg has made an indelible mark on New York radio and the global hip hop landscape. His voice can be heard every weekday morning on Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg, a morning show that is revolutionizing urban radio, and every Sunday night on Real Late with Peter Rosenberg. His persona on both of these shows, characterized by his quirky and unique spin on hip hop culture and New York life has made him a fixture on the hip hop scene. But what has endeared him to people most has been his undying passion for everything he covers, whether it’s hip hop, sports, professional wrestling, comedy, politics or entertainment. And that passion isn’t only heard on the radio. Peter’s brand is global because of his strong presence in the blogosphere and on YouTube which he began building even before he was on Hot 97.
Rosenberg, an avid hip hop fan since childhood, grew up in the Washington, D.C. suburbs. Visiting his grandparents in New York on the weekends, he spent countless weekend nights listening to and recording New York radio legends like Marley Marl, DJ Red Alert, and Funkmaster Flex. After working in radio for 10 years at urban, rock, talk and satellite stations, he finally landed a job at his dream station, Hot 97 in the summer of 2007. Since the inception of his first show on Hot 97, Real Late with Peter Rosenberg, he has been praised by XXL, The Source, Scratch, and Vibe magazines for being one of the only purveyors of true hip hop in the mainstream media. Having Hot 97 as a soapbox has given him the opportunity to bring his unique and passionate take on hip hop and everything else to other media outlets. He has appeared on VH1, HBO, MTV, been quoted in The Atlantic Monthly and been covered by countless websites and blogs. Peter’s personal appearances have allowed him to expand his horizons even further. Whether hosting at SOBs, 92Y Tribeca, South by Southwest or the Museum of Natural History, Peter makes every event memorable.
In addition radio, his blog and YouTube, where his videos have received over 4,500,000 views, Rosenberg hosts a podcast with morning show partner Cipha Sounds called Juan Epstein. Juan Ep, as its referred to by its fans, has developed a cult following because of its offbeat sense of humor and irreverent devotion to hip hop. It has featured guests like Q-Tip, Big Daddy Kane, Souljah Boy and Talib Kweli and is one of the most popular hip hop podcasts.
Most recently, Rosenberg has added a unique live interview series to his resume. The Noisemakers series at 92YTribeca has given Peter the opportunity to be a hip hop journalist and cultivator of hip hop oral history. Noisemakers has been praised by XXL and The Village Voice as one of the best things to happen to New York hip hop in years. So far the sold out events have featured Gang Starr’s DJ Premier,The Roots, ?uestlove, Q-Tip, Raekwon, and Talib Kweli.