During his June 14th radio show on Cleveland, Ohio-based WTAM AM/1100, host Mike Trivisonno was joined in studio by Paula Ryan, wife of highly regarded area radio personality Matt Patrick who died in 2017 from mucosal melanoma cancer. With Paula was her son Jake. (Read The Plain Dealer’s story upon Matt’s passing here.)
As Paula described how the Matt Patrick Memorial Foundation has been created in Matt’s memory to help people in need, Triv noted, “What I loved about your husband so much is that he got it. When we got done arguing or something, different things we did on the air, we’d just look at each other and laugh. Matt Patrick was truly a professional in the radio business.”
Highlighting the foundation’s goals, Paula noted, “We exist to provide assistance to other families or individuals who are experiencing the challenges that are associated with cancer. We’re looking for families and individuals that demonstrate the same things in life that Matt Patrick so passionately supported and believed in in his own life.” (Hear the interview here!)
At the end, Triv would add, “He was so fun to listen to on the radio. I miss him. He was a good person and a phenomenal radio talk show host.” (Follow the Matt Patrick Foundation on Facebook). Here’s a great video from the Foundation website titled The Matt Patrick Show.
Graduating from St. Ignatius High School, Matt, a two-time Radio and Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame inductee, spent over 30 years on the radio in Northeast Ohio, most of that time at Akron’s top-rated WKDD. He also enjoyed stints at Akron’s WHLO AM/640 and WTAM AM/1100 in Cleveland. In 2011, Matt and family moved to Houston where he hosted a morning news show on KTRH-AM.
In the Planner Project’s May 18th text block you’ll find: “Cruising in the A. M. with Matt Patrick & Co. on Akron’s WKDD-FM, tickets are $12.50 for ‘Operation Welcome Home’ at the Coliseum June 6th to see Lee Greenwood sing ‘God Bless the U. S. A.,’ Mark Price & Lifeline, Michael Stanley, the Cleveland Interfaith Choir and the U. S. Navy band Country Current, 1991.”
I hope Paula understands why I chose this date to honor Matt’s work.
At that time in 1991, led by Matt’s top-rated morning show, WKDD-AM ranked No. 1 overall in the Akron area. (See Bob Dyer’s story on the Spring Arbitron ratings in the Akron Beacon Journal here – p. B1 – p. B2). Matt is also featured in Bob Dyer’s February 9, 1986 story on morning radio (see here – p. E1 – p. E4 – p. E5!)
See the August 13, 1979 lineup as Matt began his radio career on WCUE (WKDD) here!
When Jani Lane of the rock group Warrant died in 2011 (see earlier post), Plain Dealer reporter John Soeder reached out to Matt who knew Jani well. (See story here.) At the time, Matt was heard every Saturday on WTAM AM/1100.
As a former public relations director for the Franklin County Unit of the American Cancer Society in Columbus, Ohio, I wish Paula the best success with the foundation. Hopefully, I can not only raise awareness for such a worthy cause, but also a few donations as well!
ST. IGNATIUS FANS! Here are two St. Ignatius High-related items found in Planner Project in 2016 from 1966 and 2001 /
Text date: 2/19 – New OSU head coach Jim Tressel is the guest speaker, as the Cleveland Touchdown Club’s annual awards banquet honors Solon High head coach Byron Morgan with the Dr. Lee Tressel Memorial Coach’s Award; Solon All-Ohio back Scott Greenberg with the Lou Groza Award; and Dan O’Leary of Notre Dame/St. Ignatius High with the Chuck Heaton Hometown College Award (Browns coach Butch Davis speaks), 2001
Text date: 9/23 -After cruising tonight in a burgundy ‘65 Dodge 440 2-dr. hardtop w/383. 4-spd., whitewalls ($1,995-Jackshaw), to see the Midnighters at the Blue Light in S. Euclid, before watching ‘Terror in the Haunted House’ on Ghoulardi; tomorrow, the Vectors rock the Hideout, Kicks, Inc. plays Rocky River Memorial Hall, the Outcasts (Sole, Schade, Beach, Grau, Lesher), rock the Sunken Bar in Geneva-on-the-Lake, WHK’s Ken Scott hosts a Euclid High record hop, & the Lost Souls rock St. Ignatius High, 1966
HERE’S A SMALL SAMPLE of items found on Matt’s page- Week 21 (May 15-21) of Planner Project 2016: Judy Garland plays Music Hall (1961 – $2-$6); James Brown plays Cleveland Arena (1966 – $3-$4); the Mamas & the Papas miss their Music Hall gig (1966 – Cass was ill); 1,500 gathered at Municipal Stadium by dawn for tickets to the August 14th Beatles concert (1966); the movie on Ghoulardi’s Shock Theater in 1966 was ‘Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein; and in 1971, after dining on a 15-piece Kentucky Fried Chicken basket ($3.50), the Osmonds played Public Hall one night ($3-$5), Chicago the next ($5.50).
Here’s even more items! Indians hurler Len Barker pitches a perfect game to beat the Toronto Blue Jays (1981 – photo story); The Cleveland Cavaliers’ ‘miracle’ season ends with a playoff loss to the Boston Celtics (1976); Santana plays the Coliseum (1976); Bob Dylan plays Nautica Stage (1996 – 27.50-$52); Pearl Jam rocks the Q with My Morning Jacket (2006 – $53); and in 2016, Boston rocks Jacobs Pavilion ($27-$85); Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo play the Hard Rock Rocksino ($39.50-$65); Dave Matthews plays Blossom ($40-$85); and veteran weathercaster Dick Goddard announces his retirement.
You’ll also find nationally known artists listed including Kenny Wayne Shepherd; Depeche Mode; Dick Dale; Mary Wells; T. Rex; the O’Jays; the Temptations; the Famous Flames; Steve Marriott’s All-Stars; Carrie Underwood; Eddie Rabbit; Sylvia; and Gladys Knight & the Pips!
And you’ll find local artists featured including Rich Spina; Odd Girl Out; the Bleedin’ Hearts; Becky Boyd and Dan Hrdlicka; Michael Bey; and Oroboros.
All in just one week!
Matt, I hope you enjoy the company on your page. I was blessed to include you!