Dale Patterson lives and loves the media, be it print,
broadcast, online or publishing.
A graduate of Ryerson University's journalism program, Patterson started his journalism career in October, 1974 as an editor in the sports department of The Canadian Press in Toronto. In September, 1975, he moved to the radio side of CP as an editor-reporter at Broadcast News in Toronto. In 1988, after 12-and-a-half years as a sports editor and reporter at BN, the Toronto native moved back to the print side at CP as an editor on the Business Information Wire (also known as The Canadian Press Information Network).
In November, 1998, Patterson transferred to CP's
Editorial Services Desk, where he wrote and edited for Cablestream, CP's cable
news service. He moved to CP Online in June, 2002 and added Broadcast News
editing duties in November, 2004. To that, he added duties on the World Desk on
March, 2008. After 35 years and seven months at CP-BN, Patterson retired from
the national news agency in May, 2010.
Patterson first worked in broadcasting as an operator at CKFH Toronto in 1974-75, staying just long enough to witness the switchover from oldies to country. From 1985 to 1988 and again in 1990, he hosted a weekly oldies show called The Gold Mine at CING-FM (FM 108) in Burlington, Ont. He continued this weekly show at CFMU-FM in Hamilton, Ont. from 1992 to 1994.
Since 1996, Patterson has also published an extensive web site which focuses on the history of Canadian and U.S. rock radio. Rock Radio Scrapbook, Canada's Aircheck Archive, is one of the largest of its kind in the world.
Patterson's first book, What Time of Day Was That?: History by the Minute, was published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside in February 2001 and was the culmination of an 11-year project. The book focuses on the time of day events took place in world history, what Patterson calls "the third dimension of history." In March 2013, Fifteen Minutes of Fame: History's One-Hit Wonders, about people who were very famous for a very short time. was published by Red Deer Publishing.
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