Pat O'Day

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Pat O'Day (born 1934 as Paul W. Berg) is a Pacific Northwest broadcaster and promoter. He is probably best known as the afternoon drive personality at Seattle's KJR 950 in the 1960s,[citation needed] he would eventually become program director and general manager. He owned KYYX – FM 96.5 Radio in Seattle[1] in the mid seventies and early 80s. This frequency is now occupied by KJAQ. The current KYYX station in another city has no connection.

Starting in 1967, O'Day served as race announcer and commentator during Seafair for various radio and TV stations, most recently KIRO TV. The television station, however, announced it was parting ways with O'Day in 2013 and he would not return to broadcast the race.[2]

According to, he is responsible for bringing the Seattle music scene to national prominence.[3]

O'Day has lived in the San Juan Islands where he sells real estate.[4]

O'Day wrote It Was All Just Rock And Roll (ISBN 978-0970626486) detailing his work in radio and concert promotion.

He has three sons (Garry, Jerry, and Jeff) and one daughter (Kelsey). Although a reputation for excessive drinking hurt his image early in his career, he entered Schick Shadel Hospital in 1986 for treatment. Most, recently, he has been Schick Shadel's spokesman in both radio and television advertisements.[citation needed] In 2007 Pat O'Day joined more than two dozen other radio and music industry leaders as a member of the nominating committee of the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ KYPT History
  2. ^ Lacitis, Erik (June 20, 2013). "KIRO-TV ends Pat O'Day's long run as voice of hydros". The Seattle Times. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ HistoryLink Essay: O'Day, Pat (b. 1934) – Godfather of Northwest Rock?
  4. ^ "To Acquaint You With Pat O'Day". Retrieved 2013-12-20.