Peter Elliot Rosenberg (born July 23, 1979) is an American radio disc jockey, television show host, and professional wrestling personality, who is signed to WWE where he is a one-time WWE 24/7 Champion. He is a co-host of two New York City radio programs: Ebro in the Morning, the weekday morning show at hip hop radio station WQHT ("Hot 97"); and The Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio affiliate WEPN-FM, which is also simulcast on the YES Network.
Rosenberg was born and raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland, to M.J. Rosenberg, a Capitol Hill staffer father and public school teacher mother, and he attended Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. He describes his upbringing as "a very Jewish, upper middle class, regular suburban life." He was introduced to hip hop by his older brother, and has also cited popular songs such as "Parents Just Don't Understand" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince as early influences. Visiting his grandparents in Rockaway Beach in Queens, New York, US, he was influenced by radio shows hosted by DJ Red Alert and Marley Marl. He obtained his first set of turntables at the age of 14 years.
In the summer before his freshman year at the University of Maryland, Rosenberg started hosting a late-night underground hip hop show, From Dusk 'Til Dawn, on campus radio station WMUC-FM. His initial DJ name was "PMD," an acronym for "Peter From Maryland" (a name given to him by Marley Marl while winning a contest on Marl's radio show). After graduating from college, Rosenberg performed as a DJ at a variety of radio stations in the DC area, including WPGC, WHFS and on talk radio at WJFK-FM. He began making online parody videos, which were seen by the soon-to-be program manager of New York's Hot 97 Ebro Darden, and these led to his 2007 hiring at the radio station.
Rosenberg co-hosts the weekday morning show, The Hot 97 Morning Show, on Hot 97 from 6 to 10 a.m. with Ebro and Laura Stylez. They play contemporary hip hop and R&B tracks, interview musicians, and discuss music, relationships, sex and race in a straightforward style. He also hosts Real Late With Rosenberg on Sunday nights on Hot 97, and he and Cipha Sounds co-host the podcast Juan Epstein, which has featured guests such as Jay-Z, Eminem, Rick Ross and Pusha T. Hot 97 is the most listened-to hip hop station in New York City and Rosenberg has said that he dreamed of being on the station as a child.
Rosenberg is also known for supporting and introducing the public to up-and-coming New York rap artists. He was the first media personality to interview rapper Earl Sweatshirt after he returned in 2012 from a nearly two-year hiatus in Samoa. In an April 2014 New Yorker piece on Rosenberg, he explained: "Since I have a foot in both worlds, an artist can play me three tracks, and I can go, ‘This one only hip-hop heads like me will appreciate. This one could be big, but it’s corny. But this one could reach a lot of people, without you sacrificing who you are’".
He also hosts a number of podcasts including Bite the Mic with Mike Tyson.
On March 6th, 2020 it was announced Rosenberg had signed a deal with WWE to host their monthly pay per view panel shows as well as other related projects.
Since 2009, Rosenberg has hosted a YouTube series called Wrestling with Rosenberg where he has interviewed professional wrestlers including WWE Hall of Famers Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley and Jesse Ventura.
On December 4, 2016, Rosenberg made his first appearance as a panelist on the TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pre-show. In January 2017, Rosenberg became the host of the WWE Network show, Bring it to the Table, alongside Paul Heyman and John "Bradshaw" Layfield, with Corey Graves replacing Heyman in later episodes.
Since 2017, Rosenberg has also served as a panelist on numerous pay-per-view pre-shows as well as several Talking Smack and Raw Talk post-shows.
On January 31, 2021, at the Royal Rumble, Rosenberg - who was serving as a pre-show panelist - pinned R-Truth to win the WWE 24/7 Championship. The following day, R-Truth snuck up on him on live air and pinned him to win back his title.
Rosenberg hosted Hip Hop Squares on MTV2 for both of its two seasons. The show, which aired from May 22, 2012, to December 18, 2012, was based on the tic-tac-toe game show Hollywood Squares. It featured a rotating cast of rappers, DJ's, comedians, and sports and TV personalities as the nine squares on the board.
Rosenberg is the host of Noisemakers, a hip hop interview series that began in 2008. Past guests include Nas, DJ Premier and Diddy. Interviews take place primarily at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. The series has been described as a hip hop version of Inside the Actor's Studio.
In June 2013, he began hosting a new original video series on Complex TV. On The Process, he interviews new and established hip hop artists about their songwriting approach. The first episode's guest was Raekwon. Other subjects include Prodigy, Schoolboy Q, Azealia Banks, Future and Goodie Mob.
Rosenberg throws an annual summer concert, Peterpalooza, in celebration of his birthday. The first took place at the Best Buy Theater in Manhattan in 2012, and featured performances from Odd Future, Raekwon, Asher Roth, Nitty Scott and Smoke DZA. The second, at Williamsburg Park in Brooklyn in 2013, featured performances from Schoolboy Q, Meek Mill, Odd Future, Fabolous and World's Fair.
Nicki Minaj controversy
After Rosenberg implied on the small stage at Hot 97's Summer Jam 2012 concert that Nicki Minaj's pop single "Starships" was not "real hip-hop", Minaj, the concert's scheduled headliner, withdrew from the concert. Rosenberg declined to apologize, clarifying that his comments were not meant as an attack on Minaj, and that she is "inherently hip hop… it’s just that 'Starships' is definitely not." Minaj was replaced on the bill by Nas and Lauryn Hill.
On May 28, 2013, nearly a year after the dispute began, Minaj appeared as a guest on Rosenberg's Hot 97 morning show. The two made up, with Rosenberg apologizing and noting that he doesn't have anything against Minaj personally. Minaj said that she should not have canceled her performance, but was annoyed at the time due to her lack of familiarity with Rosenberg. A week after appearing on Hot 97, Minaj joined 2 Chainz at Summer Jam 2013, performing two songs with the rapper.
Rosenberg has released two official mixtapes. The first was What's Poppin' Vol. 1 in 2011, more than half of the rappers on the tape were from New York. Artists include Action Bronson, The Kid Daytona, Skyzoo, Raekwon, Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, J. Cole, Odd Future and Sugar Tongue Slim. In April 2013, he released his second official mixtape, The New York Renaissance, with new music from A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, Troy Ave, Smoke DZA and others. He voiced the intro for Rick Ross's 2012 mixtape The Black Bar Mitzvah. He also made an appearance on the track "Sincerely Yours" from Little Brother's sophomore album The Minstrel Show.
- What's Poppin' Vol. 1 (2011)
- The New York Renaissance (2013)
Rosenberg is Jewish and was married to sportscaster Alexa Datt until 2018. They lived on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, where he currently resides. In regard to his affection for hip hop music, Rosenberg stated in an April 2014 interview: "I will go toe to toe with almost anyone in terms of knowledge, trivia, and love of this music."
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Championships and accomplishments
- Chris Richards, "Peter Rosenberg: From Montgomery County to top of the hip-hop heap," Washington Post, May 31, 2013.
- "ESPN New York 98.7FM's The Michael Kay Show Adds Hip Hop Host Peter Rosenberg as Contributor - ESPN MediaZone U.S." espnmediazone.com.
- Matthew Shaer, "Hot 97’s Morning Jew," Tablet Magazine|Tablet, May 28, 2013.
- J. Pablo, "Q&A: HOT 97’s Peter Rosenberg Talks ‘Minor League Rappers’ and Ebro," Village Voice, July 20, 2013.
- "Pusha T Talks ‘My Name Is My Name,’ Kanye West’s Input On His Album & More," The Source, October 8, 2013.
- Andrew Marantz, "Old School," The New Yorker, April 7, 2014.
- Carrie Battan, "Watch Earl Sweatshirt’s First Interview Since Return," Pitchfork, March 20, 2012.
- Michael Howard Saul, "De Blasio Takes to Hot 97 for First Friday Radio Interview," Wall Street Journal, January 31, 2014.
- "Wrestling With Rosenberg". Peter Rosenberg's YouTube channel. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
- Caldwell, James (December 17, 2010). "ROH Final Battle 2009 flashback". PWTorch. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
- "Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg To Manage Velvet Sky". Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. July 3, 2013. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
- "Wrestling With Rosenberg". YouTube.
- "MTV2's 'Hip Hop Squares' to Feature 2Chainz, Deray Davis, Sway, and More". 2 July 2012. Archived from the original on 10 July 2017.
- Melena Ryzik, "Tick-Tack-Toe for the Vigorously Unsquare," New York Times, April 19, 2012.
- Vanita Salisbury, "Peter Rosenberg Hates That Summer Stench," New York, June 23, 2010.
- "Video: Peter Rosenberg Presents ‘Noisemakers’ With Nas," Complex, March 29, 2012.
- "Peter Rosenberg’s ‘Noisemakers’ with DJ Premiere," XXL, December 12, 2008.
- Insanul Ahmed, "Raekwon Talks About Writing Wu-Tang Classics," Complex, August 13, 2013.
- The Process home page, Complex TV. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
- "Meek Mill And Odd Future Rock Peter Rosenberg’s Peterpalooza," XXL, July 22, 2013.
- "Peter Rosenberg’s 2013 PeterPalooza," The Source, July 24, 2013.
- "Peter Rosenberg’s Peterpalooza Lineup Announce," Archived 2014-02-19 at archive.today Socialite Heights, June 27, 2013.
- James C. McKinley Jr., "Nicki Minaj Faces Off With the Hot 97 D.J.’s," New York Times, June 5, 2012.
- Jon Caramanica, "Nicki Minaj Skips Festival After a D.J.’s Remarks," New York Times, June 4, 2012.
- Latifah Muhammad, "Nicki Minaj Makes Peace With Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg," BET, May 28, 2013.
- Jen Carlson, "Hot97’s DJ Peter Rosenberg: Nicki Minaj ‘Is Inherently Hip Hop… It’s Just That Starships Is Not’," Archived 2016-01-10 at the Wayback Machine Gothamist, June 7, 2012.
- Chiderah Monde, "Summer Jam XX: Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj among surprise artists highlighting collaborations," New York Daily News, June 3, 2013.
- Phillip Mlynar, "Peter Rosenberg’s What’s Poppin’ Vol. 1 Takes The New York Hip-Hop Scene’s Pulse," Village Voice, September 8, 2011.
- Eric Diep, "Mixtape: Peter Rosenberg Presents ‘The New York Renaissance’," XXL, April 4, 2013.
- Seth Berkman, "Peter Rosenberg, Hip-Hop’s Jewish Radio Star," The Forward, October 10, 2013.
- "Peter has finally acknowledged his divorce in the show".
- "WWE 24/7 Championship". WWE. Retrieved February 1, 2020.
Tom Bergeron in the 1998-2004 version
| Host of Hollywood Squares franchise
Known as Hip Hop Squares in Rosenberg's version