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Peter came to realize that what he truly enjoyed was performing, and further academic studies would not ultimately give him the hands on experience he needed. With that, he began looking at moving to New York City, Chicago, or San Francisco to continue working in improv as a full time career. He decided on New York City, and in the winter of 1995, he began preparing for the move. While he was in negotiations with the head of a group in the Big Apple, he joined a friend for coffee in downtown Charlottesville; a cup of java that would jolt Peter into an entirely different direction.
Joining them was a woman who Peter's friend had been suggesting Peter meet for the last several months. This woman, Morgan Simone Daleo, was an author and storyteller, and she and Peter realized they both shared a great many interests. The party soon moved to Morgan's home, where her husband, Frank Riccio, a wonderful illustrator and landscape artist, was making dinner. Morgan, Frank, and their two children lived just down the street from Peter, and he began joining them for supper on a regular basis. Peter and Morgan began talking about doing some storytelling together. They formed the group, "Made To Order Theatre", and they arranged performances around the Central Virginia area for that summer.
About that time, Morgan was invited to perform on a children's radio program titled Kid n' Kaboodle, on local public radio station, WTJU. After making a few appearances, she was invited to join four other women sharing hosting responsibilities. She asked Peter to join her on some of her shows. By October of that year (1996), Peter hosted and produced his own program. He became one of six co-hosts, meaning he had a show every couple of months.
In December 1997, Peter began producing an original half hour comedic mystery, Too Much Sugar that also aired on WTJU. He wrote and produced original stories for both programs. One of the many upsides to the comedic mystery was the infusion of actors willing to help read stories on Peter's editions of Kid n' Kaboodle. One of the actors in particular, Jen Hoffman, began showing up on a regular basis in both shows.