KOMA GOOD GUYS

Pat Clarke

PERSONAL
Pat grew up in Enid, Oklahoma listening to the great Top 40 sounds of 15-20 KOMA and 930 WKY. Pat loved the sounds coming out of the radio with disc jockeys like Dale Weba, Ronnie Kaye, Danny Williams, Perry Murphy and many more. Music by the Everly Brothers, Fats Domino, the Beach Boys, Beatles and all the cool 60s stuff was exciting. By high school, Pat had a huge interest in radio. After attending college at Wichita State University, Pat entered Elkins Institute in Oklahoma City to obtain his first class FCC license to become a broadcaster.

PROFESSIONAL
KEYN AM/FM in Wichita, KS was his first on-air job. After a couple years of successful mid-day shows, the call came from KOMA to take over nights. Eventually, his move to the afternoon drive show went to #1 in the ratings. KOFM in Oklahoma City was next, as Pat became a program director for the first time, at the age of 23. A pacesetter on the FM dial shows ratings successes until 1977 when Pat moved to Portland, OR to work for Gaylord Broadcasting’s KYTE AM/FM. Again, Pat gained #1 ratings in the afternoon drive show. From there, KMJK in Portland was the next station to go #1 with Pat’s afternoon show before the move to San Jose, CA and the afternoon show on KWSS. The next big call came from Satellite Music Network in Dallas, TX, where Pat became Operations Manager for their CHR Top 40 format. In 1989 he made the move to oldies, a format that was gaining in popularity nationwide. Pure Gold Oldies grew to over 250 affiliate radio stations for ABC Radio Networks. After 16 successful years in Dallas, Pat moved to Reno, NV to become Operations Manager for Americom Broadcasting’s 6-station cluster. In August of 2002, Pat was chosen to become a program director for upstart XM Satellite Radio in Washington, DC. Finally, in 2009, Pat moved back home to Oklahoma to be near family. Now, on-air at KOMA Pat has come full circle.

FAMILY
Pat resides in Moore, OK with his wife, Michelle, along with their dog Abby. Pat’s two children are broadcasters, too. Son, Shane, is a television producer, and daughter Kresta works in sales and marketing for a group of radio stations. In his spare time, Pat and Michelle are beekeepers. Other interests include white water rafting, watching movies and traveling.

WTG
In 2001, Pat was inducted into the broadcasting Hall of Fame by the Nevada Association of Broadcasters. For programming, Pat has been the recipient of two world medals. The Buddy Holly Story, in 2004 for best music special, and in 1995, while at ABC Radio Networks, he won Best Music Special for “Beatles ‘95” with Dick Bartley. When the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame opened in 1995, Pat hosted shows on over 450 radio stations nationwide as well as Armed Forces Radio. A huge fan of music, Pat plays it…. On the radio.