It would be hard to find anyone in Australia who has not heard Peter welcome viewers to the popular quiz show with his hallmark “Saaale of the Century” announcement.
During a 50 year career in radio and television, Pete has seen and done it all and the stories he can tell from the days of Studio 9 are legendary.
Pete Smith is probably best known as the golden voice of Channel Nine. His unmistakable dulcet tones have drifted across the airwaves for nearly 50 years behind the mike and on camera.
Most people in the business describe him as an institution! He has more stories from the corridors of the old Bendigo Street, Richmond than anyone and tells them with great hilarity.
Pete has done it all in television and radio. He has presented commercials, appeared in comedy sketches and been a compere. The comedy sketches with Graham Kennedy, Bert and Patti Newton and Joff Ellen and Rosie Sturgess during the 'In Melbourne Tonight' days are legendary.
Pete began his career as a messenger boy at the ABC in 1956 before graduating to the microphone as an announcer. He was transferred to the ABC’s Channel 2 where he was an announcer, variety host and compere of his own weekly 'Sports View' and 'Hit Parade' shows.
Over the years Pete has worked in radio as a 'Good Guy' on 3AK, with Bert Newton on 3UZ and with comedians Tony Martin and Mick Molloy on their Triple M national drive-time show.
He has worked with the D-Generation team on radio and in their 'Late Show' series, made a guest appearance in 'Frontline', was a frequent guest on 'Spicks and Specks', appeared in Mick Molloy’s feature film, 'Crackerjack' and had a supporting role in Tony Martin’s feature film ,'Bad Eggs'.
And over 21 years his voice boomed out welcoming viewers to the popular 'Saale of the Century'.
Pete has also released two nostalgic double CDs of his favourite music featuring classic British dance bands of the thirties and forties.
Peter travels from Melbourne.