Pettengill was the host of a Saturday night 1980s music program known as Saturday Night at the 80s (later renamed Todd Pettengill at the 80's).
The show was broadcast in twenty-seven markets, including New York, Washington DC, Detroit and Miami. Pettengill also worked for the World Wrestling Federation in the mid 1990s, as a backstage interviewer.
Pettengill started his career in radio at the age of 13 at a local radio station in Amsterdam, New York.
In 1986, he hosted the morning radio show on the Albany, New York area's WFLY "Fly 92", called the Wake Up Service. Later on, he was promoted to program director and then vice president of Albany Broadcasting Company.
Its borders have since been altered to cover a larger area of Ukraine.
Established by the USSR military soon after the 1986 disaster, it initially existed as an area of 30 km radius from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant designated for evacuation and placed under military control.
Pettengill left the station for WIOQ in Philadelphia and eventually WPLJ in New York.
He was the youngest morning show host in New York radio at the age of 25, when he became co-host of the WPLJ morning show with Scott Shannon, where he is known for his phone scams. Todd Pettengill has been named Billboard Magazine Major Market Air personality of the year six times and Radio and Records Major Market Air personality of the year four times.
This article is about the restricted area around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
For information about the disaster of 26 April 1986, see Chernobyl disaster.