Thursday, October 29, 2009

Matt Patrick to announce retirement from local radio

Update: Matt said this morning his not retiring, and that he'll be back (sounds a bit like the Terminator) some day, somewhere. His statement and the audio are both on-line now. Wishing you all the best Matt!

Radio host Matt Patrick is expected to announce Friday morning that he will be stepping down as host of WKDD's morning program, a role he's championed for 30 years.

I'm told that Matt will make the announcement at 7:45 a.m. and that his final WKDD broadcast will be Dec. 18.

To say the least, anyone 40 and under in this town doesn't know local radio without Matt at the microphone.

I remember listening to him in grade school, wanting to be him in high school, and being relieved to hear his voice when I returned from Iraq .. as a sign that "wow, if I hear Matt's voice, I must really be home." Matt and I have had some great laughs over the years, including his willingness to play along with my April Fool's Day blog posting that Led Zeppelin would be playing a concert at the U of A's new football stadium. Matt's also been a great friend to Childrens Hospital as the heart and soul of its annual Radiothon fundraiser. I have an old cassette tape with Matt and B.A. doing "Wheel of Meat" .. back when they were the "waking crew."

I haven't had a chance to talk with Matt yet about the big move .. or his future plans .. but I'm sure he'll share some of that on Friday. I'm also not sure what this means to his conservative talk show on WHLO, but Matt will surely address that when he's ready too.

And regardless of which station is your favorite .. or whether or not you were a regular listener .. Matt is one of the guys (and voices) we all know .. and he's been part of Akron's community personality .. he's our Matt .. and that's not easy to replace. Make sure you listen ..

16 comments:

Rita Stahl said...

Does that mean he's giving up the Have a Heart for Children's hospital? That would be a crime. I'll miss him on my way to work. He has given so much to this city.

Anonymous said...

I remember listening to Matt when he and Steve and maybe BA or maybe pre-BA were THE morning crew. Now that I'M retired, I don't hear his show often, other when hubby gets up for an extra job. Hubby has many fond memories of Matt when the two of them did Operation Prom/Graduation programs at local high schools, hoping to prevent feeding more young souls to the Graduation Gremlins. Our hope is that he has as much fun (and controversy--cuz we think he enjoys some of that) in his retirement as he has in his career. God Bless MP, go enjoy!

Doug and Cinda Jenney

Anonymous said...

Matt posted on Facebook that his gig on WHLO will end on December 17--not his choice, according to him. I sincerely hope this is not backlash for him speaking out publically in support of the Akron City workers at the first rally.

Anonymous said...

I hope that his health is good. This all seems so sudden. I wish him well, he does a good job and I enjoyed listening to him.

meatandpotatoes said...

Sign the online petition to Keep Matt on the Air!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/keepmatt

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