Who is Peter Rosenberg?
Peter Elliot Rosenberg is a radio disc jockey, television show host, and wrestling personality, perhaps best known for hosting New York radio station WQHT-FM’s “Hot 97 Morning Show”. He was born under the Zodiac sign Leon on 23 June 1979, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA, so holds American nationality, and as of 2021 he’s 43 years old.
Early life and Family
Rosenberg was born to M.J. Rosenberg, who was a staffer, and his mother, who worked as a school teacher. He was raised in Chevy Chase alongside his older brother, Nick Rosenberg, who reportedly passed on his interest for rap music to Peter. He also cites the rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince as one of his influences. In one of his shows, he referred to his upbringing as “very Jewish, upper-middle-class, regular suburban life”.
He matriculated from the Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, and postponed his academic path while he pursued his career as a radio host. Later, he enrolled in and graduated from the University of Maryland.
Peter launched his career while in college, when he started hosting the underground hip hop show “From Dusk Till Dawn” on the university’s radio station. Performing under the professional name “PMD”, Peter became a familiar voice on numerous radios stations in the DC area such as “WPGC”, “WHFS”, and WJFK-FM”.
In 2007, he translated his unique humor into online parody videos and sketches, which grabbed the attention of Ebro Eden, who later employed Peter at the New York’s Hot 97 station.
Currently, he hosts “The Hot 97 Morning Show” on weekdays, with Ebro Darden and Laura Stylez. The show has seven segments, and they cover a variety of topics, including music, relationships, sex, and racism, while playing contemporary hip hop and R&B music with musicians and celebrity interviews.
Peter is also a host of “Real Late with Rosenberg” on Hot 97, and co-hosts the podcast “Juan Epstein” with Cipha Sounds. So far, he’s had several superstars as his guests on the show, including Eminem, Jay-Z, and Pusha T.
According to the statistics, Hot 97 is one of the most popular and listened to radio stations for hip hop music in New York. In one of the show’s episodes, Peter admitted that growing up, he had always dreamed of working on the station.
In addition to his humor and funny personality, Peter has also gained a fan base for supporting and “discovering” hip hop artists from New York who could not have been heard any other way.
In 2012, he gained a lot of attention as the first media personality who landed an exclusive interview with the rapper Earl Sweatshirt, following his hiatus in Samoa, where he was forced to attend the strict Coral Reef Academy, and pause his rap career.
In the interview with New Yorker, Peter disclosed: ‘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’. During the same year, he began hosting the game show “Hip Hop Squares”, which is executively produced by Ice Cube; the series ran for five seasons, and was canceled in 2019.
Peter also interviewed Bill de Blasio in 2014 on “The Hot 97 Morning Show”, after he was elected as the mayor of New York City.
In addition, since 2015 he’s hosted ESPN’s “The Michael Kay Show” with Michael Kay and Don LaGreca.
Career as a Professional Wrestling Personality
In 2009, he hosted the YouTube series “Wrestling with Peter Rosenberg”, in which he interviewed numerous professional wrestlers, including Hulk Hogan, Mick Foley and Jesse Ventura. Peter has appeared as a commentator or guest on several other events and podcasts, such as “Ring of Honor Final Battle”, “Total Nonstop Action Wrestling”, and Stone Cold Steve Austin’s podcast.
In 2017, he started hosting the show “Bring it to the Table” on the WWE Network, with Paul Heyman and John Layfield. However, the show was canceled before the end of the year.
Peter also appears as a panelist on numerous pay-per-view shows, and talk shows such as “Talking Smack” and “Raw Talk”.
As an individual who’s regarded as the gatekeeper in the hip-hop industry, he was bound to dip his toes in the wider music industry. In 2011, he released two mixtapes – “What’s Poppin’ Vol.1“ was followed up in 2013 with another entitled “New York Renaissance”.
In 2021, Peter proudly announced his new body of work entitled “Real Late”, which spans 13 tracks and several features. According to his statements, the album is an amalgamation and an ode to the old-school rap, which accompanied him through his teen years.
Regarding his album, in his interview with the media outlet Diamonback, Peter explained: ‘The music is just a constant thing,” he says. “I think that’s why I love it, because it makes me so happy and I get so much joy from it. This project, more than anything I do, just speaks to the core of who I am as a person.”
Every year in celebration of his birthday, Peter throws a concert/party entitled a Peterpalooza, with popular performers and rappers including Meek Mill, Odd Future, and Raekwon.
YouTube and Podcasts
Peter also has a very successful self-titled YouTube channel, and several series in which he interviews various celebrities, talking about hip hop music and rappers. At the moment, his channel has over 40,000 subscribers with over 15 million views.
Additionally, he hosts and co-hosts several podcasts, including “Mike Tyson: Bite the Mic w/Peter Rosenberg”, “Juan Epstein”, “ENN with Peter Rosenberg”, and “Cheap Heat”.
Marriage to Alexa Datt
While not much is known about his dating history, he was previously married to the sportscaster Alexa Datt. Reportedly they met while attending the University of Maryland, and dated for a couple of years before tying the knot in a private ceremony with their closest friends and family in September 2012.
After six years of marriage, they divorced in 2018, but the reason for the separation remains unknown.
In one of the show’s episodes, he publicly addressed his marriage to Alexa, saying that it had been one of the worst periods in his life. He also added that he had been so depressed that he would cry during commercial breaks while hosting the Hot 97 Morning Show. On a positive note, he managed to recover from this heartbreak, and since January 2021, he’s been dating the photographer, digital artist, and social media star Nathalie, professionally known as Misshattan.
Judging from their Instagram photos, they are thriving, and with their dog named Rocky. Alexa also moved on, and began a romantic relationship with a bartender, Francesco Sharpe.
Beef with Nicki Minaj
In 2012, he said on the stage of the Hot 970’s Summer Jam Concert that Nicki Minaj’s new single “Star Ships” was not real hip-hop, which didn’t sit well with Nicky, as she later canceled her performance at the concert. Initially, Peter refused to apologize for his comments, claiming that he was not bashing Nicki or her artistry – it was just a comment about her soundtrack, which in his opinion was not inherently rap music. In 2013, he set the record straight with Nicki in an episode of Hot 97’s show, saiing: “I am sorry the things went as left as they did. I never had any ill feeling about you as a human being and I never would have dissed you in any personal way ever beyond my sort of distaste for that song”.
Would you like to know his net worth?
Peter’s estimated net worth is around $600,000, earned largely through his career as a host and radio disc jockey.
He’s very active and popular on social media; his Instagram account has over 300,000 followers, while his Twitter account has nearly 360,000 fans. Peter also has an account on Cameo, the platform that allows users to hire a favorite celebrity for a graduation speech, shout-out, and personalized videos.
He’s also active on Twitch and streams weekly; according to his description, his channel on Twitch is for listening hip-hop music, wrestling, and discussing hip hop artists.
Peter is 5ft 7ins tall (173cm) and weighs around (75kgs). He’s bald, and his eyes are brown.