Pat St. John
Pat St. John is one of the U.S.'s preeminent and longest serving radio personalities and voice-over artists. Known as The Dee-Jay’s DJ, he began his radio career on Windsor, Ontario's CKLW (800 AM) in 1969 and '70, followed by WKNR (1300 AM) in late 1970 to early '72, followed by WRIF FM (101.1) to April 1973. Pat is best known for his work in the New York City market on WPLJ, WNEW-FM, WAXQ and WCBS FM where he is currently on the air every Sunday from 11AM to 3PM. He can also be heard on several Sirius XM Radio channels, including 50s on 5 mornings, Classic Rewind (channel 25 afternoons) and B.B. King's Bluesville (Channel 70) weeknights. Pat has done extensive television voiceover work, including announcing for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve from 2000 to 2010.
St. John is known for his conversational on-air style with interspersed bits of music trivia, along with "Collectible Cuts" from his extensive record library. Pat has been called a "walking encyclopedia" when it comes to his knowledge of music.
Over the years Pat has had the opportunity to interview all his heroes, from Little Richard to The Beatles, from Eric Clapton to The Rolling Stones, from B.B. King, Freddie King and Buddy Guy to those who he has become friends with like Bob Seger, Leon Russell, and Johnnie Johnson ("Father of Rock'n'Roll" who played piano on almost all of Chuck Berry's recordings and in fact hired Chuck Berry to join his band).
Early years in Detroit
St. John was born in Detroit and was raised on the music of Motown. In early 1969, at the age of 18, he landed his first gig as a radio personality on Windsor's CKLW, where he also worked for CKLW's 20/20 news doing newscasts one day a week, and part-time booth announcing on CKLW-TV Channel 9. In late 1970 he moved across the border to WKNR and was then hired in early 1972 at the ABC-owned album-oriented rock (AOR) station WRIF until 1973.
WPLJ and WNEW years
In April 1973, St. John began an almost 15-year stint at New York's WPLJ. For most of his years at WPLJ he was rated by Arbitron as the most listened to afternoon radio personality in America (source: ARB's "Drive-Time Dominators"). He survived the station's transition from AOR to top 40 in 1983, and during that era, continued his Arbitron ratings success with that same ranking.
He left WPLJ in 1987, and returned to his rock roots on WNEW-FM, which had been WPLJ's rival during its AOR years. He became the station's program director in the early 1990s while continuing his mid-day show until being asked to do morning-drive (which he did from 1994 through 1996) and then moved to afternoons where then followed Scott Muni who moved to mid-days). Pat remained with the station until it switched to a hot talk format in 1998.
After the demise of WNEW's rock format, St. John was one of the first programmers hired by CD Radio in October 1998 as the Director of Rock Programming). CD Radio would later change its name to Sirius Satellite Radio, and then after acquiring XM Satellite Radio become known as SiriusXM, where he remains today as one of their most popular personalities. He also joined WCBS FM in 2002, followed by moving to WAXQ in 2004 where he stayed until late 2006. In July 2007, he returned to the re-incarnated WCBS FM following the station's short-lived detour to "Jack FM". In February 2008, St. John actually replaced Howard Cogan as the pre-recorded voice of the Jack character on WCBS-FM-HD2 and its web stream at ilikejack.com until it became ToNY (meaning "To New York" but pronounced "Tony" until later simulcasting WCBS News Radio 880 in December 2012. For the first decade of the new century Pat was the announcer for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. He continues to do voiceover work for radio and TV commercials as well as station imaging for radio and television as well as narration. He can be contacted through his web site www.PatStJohn.com.
During St. John's years with Satellite Radio he has been heard on such channels as "60s Vibrations", "The Vault", Deep Tracks, and "Sirius Blues" (where he was also the channel's Format Manager/Program Director). Since Sirius' merger with former rival XM in 2008, he can now be heard on The 50s on 5, Classic Rewind, and Bluesville. Pat has also been the voice of Metropolitan Opera Radio on the service, further showing his versatility. Pat is probably the only person who has actually been heard on every single channel (including news, sports, literally every channel), as Pat was chosen to announce system-wide that Howard Stern would be joining Sirius.
Pat's association with Motown has continued throughout the years as he has been asked for his input on several Motown projects. You'll see him "thanked" in the liner notes of albums by Marvin Gaye and Jr. Walker and The All-Stars, as well as the box-sets of Stevie Wonder and The Temptations. Pat is the narrator (along with Smokey Robinson and Lionel Richie) of the two-CD set "The Motown Story Volume 1: The 1960s". Pat can also be heard on Motown's web site narrating several Motown stories.
Pat has been recognized by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland by being added to their permanent display of America's Greatest Rock Air Personalities.
April 9, 2013 will mark Pat's 40th anniversary on New York Radio, making him New York's longest running air personality.