Pete Price will be named a Citizen of Honour next week in recognition of his showbusiness and charity contributions.
The 71-year-old entertainer will be presented with the award at Liverpool Town Hall to mark his 50-year career.
Pete – a comedian, actor, panto star and broadcaster who won the ITV talent programme ‘New Faces’ in the 1970s – travelled the world as a stand-up comic and has worked for the BBC’s Radio Merseyside, Radio One and the World Service before becoming almost a permanent fixture at Radio City.
Ahead of the 23 January presentation Pete, who is a patron of Claire House Children’s Hospice, says: “Liverpool has been my life. It gave me the opportunity and platform to be who I am today.
“It has had some dark times, but now, as I always have been, I am proud to talk about Liverpool.
“People sometimes ask why I live on the Wirral, but from my lounge every day I have the best view of the city, overlooking one of the most iconic waterfronts in the world.
“I never take for granted the city or the people, and apart from this new honour, one of my biggest achievements was being made an honorary scouser.
“Thank you Liverpool for giving me so much.”
The openly gay star has spoken out about the aversion therapy treatment he received in the 1960s in which doctors used electrodes to “treat” homosexuality, which was illegal at that time.
He also hit global headlines when he left his radio studio in search of a 12-year-old boy who had called and said he planned to end his own life.
Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, says: “Pete Price is an institution, loudly passionate about Liverpool because he genuinely cares about the city and its people.
“He has used his fame and his phone-in to rightly shine a spotlight on many difficult issues as well as speaking out against homophobia, bullying and highlighting mental health issues.
“I am delighted to be able to confer the Citizen of Honour award on him.”