If you're not a Pepsi Generation graybeard, you might know him only as the guy on the teevee machine pumping Schick-Schadel Hospital, the drug and alcohol recovery spa.
But Pat is way more than a spokeshole. Besides owning a significant chunk of the establishment, (having sobered up there in 1986) he was, as historian Peter Blecha describes him at HistoryLink, the Pacific Northwest entertainment's "... Chairman of the Board, the Grand Poobah, the Top Dog, the Big Kahuna."
New York City had Alan Freed, Boston had Arnie Ginsberg, Los Angeles had Hunter Hancock, and Seattle had O’Day. As Seattle’s highest-profile DJ of the 1960s and the region’s dominant dance promoter, Pat O’Day ran KJR AM and Northwest rock ‘n’ roll for nearly a decade.
Known for his soft-spoken humility and bashfulness, Pat lives today at Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands where he sells real estate to rich Californians.
He's an author (It Was All Just Rock 'n' Roll), and a huge piece of the rock 'n' roll nostalgia of a generation. He pioneered many things in Top 40's radio, and one of the first DJs in the nation to experiment with an “Oldies” format.
He's a damn Republican, yet a friend of this blog who infrequently posts here about radio business, and radio history. Read his bouquets to Glenn Beck here, his advice to Seattle programmers, here, and here.