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Pat Lopeman, then.

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Pat Martin, now.

The Pat Martin Collection

Pat Martin is one of the luckiest people in the radio industry. He was born in a rural Illinois farming community as Patrick Lopeman. When he was just 16, Art Roberts selected him as the Guest Teen DJ on WLS in Chicago.

With no broadcast school training, he worked at small and medium sized stations throughout the Midwest. Then a break came from WTLB in Utica, New York. With just a year behind him, he was able to record an audition good enough to win a slot at WIFE in Indianapolis. Bill Shirk recruited Pat as production director at WXLW, Indy. Pat produced the famous "Balls" promos.

After several small market program gigs, Martin was hired to turn around WSPT in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. At least two dozen well known DJs worked there. It was the Billboard Magazine "Station of the Year" in 1978. From there, Terrell Metheny hired him to program WBCS in Milwaukee which went #1 12+ and 25-54 in 1982. Pat credits much of the success to Art Roberts in afternoon drive — the same man that gave him 15 minutes of fame on WLS in 1965.

In 2010, Martin is the president of Bay View Broadcasting, the owner of WMOM-FM in Ludington, Michigan. He also owns a successful used broadcast equipment business — which has provided start-up equipment for several hundred radio and TV stations.

The Repository thanks Pat Martin for sharing!

[Descriptions by Uncle Ricky unless otherwise indicated]

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Art Roberts, Pat Lopeman, WLS Chicago November 1965 (15:35)

. . . Dear Art, this is my 25th try for Teen Disc Jockey . . .

Play Scoped This Exhibit 'SCOPED (06:15)

Contributor Patrick L. Lopeman writes:

"This is just about the most valuable aircheck I have. Art Roberts hosted the "Guest Teen Disk Jockey" between 10 and 10:15 every Saturday night. I got picked in November, 1965. Sixteen years later, Art did afternoons for me in Milwaukee.

Art's most famous Guest DJ was Pat Sajack."

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Dale Dorman, WRKO Boston, January 23, 1970 (46:43) (RESTORED)
Play Scoped This Exhibit 'SCOPED (07:32)

. . . He's a got a low voice, too . . . so's everybody except me! . . .

[Description by Uncle Ricky]

Quick and clever Dale Dorman quips his way through a brutally cold Friday morning, January 23, 1970, at Boston's WRKO. Prior to settling in Boston, Dorman worked at KYNO in Fresno, California and KFRC in San Francisco.

This tightly-scoped aircheck offered mostly Dorman, and the famous Johnny Mann jingles. However, only a few seconds of a 20/20 newscast and almost nothing of the morning's spot load made the cut. A couple of the musical selections were interesting, however, so the music has been restored. Thanks to Stormy Hunter for his help with the music restoration.

Dale Dorman passed away on October 25, 2014 following a long illness. He was 71.

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Bill Shirk, WERK Muncie Indiana 1972 (11:01)

. . . Bill Shirk at WERK . . .

[Description by Uncle Ricky]

Before there was Bill Shirk at WXLW, there was Bill Shirk at WERK, WERK in Muncie, Indiana.

In this tightly-edited composite of Super Shirk from 1972, Shirk calls Howard Hughes.

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Robert Murphy, WAYS Charlotte, N.C. 1977 (Composite) (19:47)

. . . Hold on a second, let me check my organ out . . .

[Description by Uncle Ricky]

Robert Murphy (Murphy In The Morning) is featured in a composite of bits from his LOL morning show on WAYS/95Q in Charlotte, N.C., circa 1977.

Following his hugely successful time in the Queen City, Murphy went on to even bigger things at WKQX-FM/Chicago. This composite features a Pass The Loot segment and the able assistance of regulars Larry Sprinkle and newsman J. Frank Coley.

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Jack Armstrong, KTNQ Los Angeles June 1979 (24:04)

Play Scoped This Exhibit 'SCOPED (03:59)

. . . Everything's high, man! . . .

[Description by Uncle Ricky]

This short aircheck perfectly captures the Summer of 1979! K-Tel has a hot disco record and tape offer, Lorenzo Lamas is making his film debut, and you can Dance, Dance, Dance to every song. What a happy time!

And, for those tuned into Jack Armstrong on KTNQ/10Q, it was What's Happening.

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Pat Martin WSPT Stevens Point Wisconsin Composites, 1977-1980 (29:14)

. . . Stereo 98! . . .

[Description by Uncle Ricky]

This is a composite of composites of WSPT/Stevens Point, Wisconsin, from contributor Pat Martin, beginning in January 1977, and ending in October, 1980. Such composites were typically created for presentation to the stations advertising representatives, advertising agencies and advertisers.

It begins with a composite from January, 1977
Steve Point, Pat Martin, Dave Marx, Chris Shebel, Tom Gray

at 4:35, a composite from February, 1978
Dave Marx, Chris Shebel, Tom Carr, Dallas Cole, Maureen Mecozzi, Creative Department Production Demo, WSPT Talents Move Up!

at 11:28, a composite from May, 1978
Pat Martin (introduction), Dave Marx, Chris Shebel, Tom Carr, Cole at Night, Terry Gibson, Maureen Mecozzi

at 16:13, a composite from June, 1979
Mike Rogers, T.J. Davis, Dallas Cole, Terry Gibson, Barb Starr, Dan(ny) Clayton

and at 22:51, a composite from October, 1980
Mike Rogers, Rick Anderson, Kevin Kenney, Robin Stone

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Pat Martin, Kelley West, WSPT Stevens Point WI,
December 8, 1980

. . . the police had also noticed him,
because he seemed to be a local neighborhood screwball . . .

[Description by Uncle Ricky]

Pat Martin at WSPT was able to connect with Kelley West in New York for this remarkably detailed report following the murder of John Lennon.

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Don Geronimo, WPGC Morningside, 1981 (59:27)

. . . I'm not OK, and you're not OK, but that's OK . . .

[Description by Uncle Ricky]

Don Geronimo and his 7-8PM program are heavily processed on this unscoped stereo recording of WPGC, Morningside-Washington D.C. from what might be August, 1981.

Here's some organic analog 1981 stereo, such as it was. It includes the top 3 of the top 5. There's a nice promo that plays into a stop set, the most damaging of the "new formatics" of 80's programmers.

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More to Come from The Pat Martin Collection, established March 7, 2010!
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