Pete Tong becomes MBE, services to music broadcasting honoured and 'great tunes' obliged
When the stock phrase ‘It’s all gone Pete Tong’ first came into earshot, few could have anticipated it would reach the ranks of British Empire. Nevertheless, the 53-year old BBC veteran became an official Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to music Broadcasting.
Already boasting more notches to his belt than any other dance music broadcaster and a firm hold on the BBC’s expanding vision for dance music, the award comes at the passing of one of the British radio veteran’s most prolific years to date. Now based in LA and balancing his weekly Friday night slot for Radio One with his All Gone Pete Tong and Evolution with Pete Tong concepts on the North America airwaves, Pete celebrated 20-years of his pivotal Essential Mix series earlier in 2013. Tong commented: “I’d like to thank all the club promoters in the UK and around the world for their passion and commitment to putting on amazing events and the artists producers and DJs that have been making and innovating with the music. This wouldn’t have happened without so many great tunes.”
Pete joins the ranks of British peer and pioneering DJ/producer Norman Jay, who was awarded the honor back in 2002. The honor is typically awarded to commemorate achievements or services in a community that make a real impact and sets an example for others.