KKDA Lays Off Bobby Patterson, Most Of Its On-Air Staff

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Peter Calvin
Bobby Patterson
In my ten years of working in radio, I had many conversations with people who were unceremoniously let go. Formats flip, contracts aren't renewed, or a big company gobbles up a small company and puts the long-timers out to pasture. Not really any different from layoffs in most fields, but in radio, it's like the cops showing up and shutting down a party.

From a lot of those long-timers, I heard plenty of "I don't know what to do! This is the only thing I know how to do!" But when I got a call from Bobby Patterson this afternoon, I didn't hear any of that sky-is-falling lingo. Sure, he sounded sad, but there was a sense of relief in his voice in being let go from Soul 73 KKDA-AM today.

Patterson has seen plenty in his time in the music industry, cutting singles in the '60s, working for Jack Ruby, producing artists, being a "record man" for major record labels, as well as being a DJ and a regular performer around Dallas. He's not just a survivor in the industry; he's a survivor of life.

Sure, today wasn't the best day of Bobby's life, as he told me, as well as Robert Wilonsky at the Dallas Morning News. But he's been through enough in his life to see that this is a pit stop instead of a drive off of a cliff. The same thing can be said about others let go today at Soul 73, including Cindy B. and Roger B. Brown, people I had the pleasure of working with during my time as a traffic reporter.

Replacing live DJs with automated music is nothing new in radio, especially in DFW, but Soul 73 was one of the last stations around that did things live and fresh, focusing on their core Dallas audience. Where else were you going to hear Lou Rawls' "Groovy People" and Z.Z. Hill's "Love Is So Good When You're Stealing It" mixed in with wild tales by Bobby or Cindy B.? Hell, where else were you going to hear songs like that on terrestrial radio?

For the last year of my time as a traffic reporter, I was given a great opportunity to do traffic for Bobby. Since there was no way I could top the craziness he had on the air, I was given free range to do things I could have never done on other stations. Do an entire traffic report in Michael McDonald's singing voice? Say the Serenity Prayer before my outro? Say, "And now back to Bobby Patterson, yes-indeedy-weedy, especially the weedy part"? Absolutely not.

Of course I'll miss hearing these people on the station, people who were as genuine and sincere off the air as they were on. You can't replace real live people and personality by playing automated music, but if that's where radio wants to go to keep going, then so be it.

For me, I'll be still singing the praises of Archie Bell and the Drells and Chairmen of the Board for as long as I live. And I'll try to see Bobby play live, whether it's his blues act or his '60s R&B pop, as often as I can. Because soul music, R&B and the blues come from the heart, there will never be a shortage of people longing to hear this kind of music.


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15 comments
Shirlcoleman
Shirlcoleman

I do not listen to KKDA anymore - such a sad radio station now.  I hate commercial radio.  The weekend totallly sucks.  I have changed my radio dial to 94.5.

Mistersnappy05
Mistersnappy05

Soooo sad. this really hurts me badly. i hate commercial radio.

Rodtyler06
Rodtyler06

Hyman Childs sucks!! He has no humanity!!

Palaciostl
Palaciostl

peewee

I miss Bobby, Cindi B, K. Fullylove and Roger B Brown. A very sad day I will not be listening. It, the station will definitely not be the same. Terrible mistake

Hayeskeith42
Hayeskeith42

First k104 now soul 73 I guest i'lll have to find a new station like I did when they did away with skip and the morning team maybe they can join them. I'm missing Roger B Brown sport show already

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

just now hearing this news, gotta pay my condolonces. hoped they would stay the same forever but nothing ever does. loved the music, but maybe also loved it cause it sounded like the past.might have to finally get satellite.

trudat
trudat

...sounds like the death of important Dallas institutions...and this doesn't even mention the butchering of their Sunday morning talk shows...I don't know what KKDA is going to replace these shows with; but I will not be listening...

Tempy
Tempy

I bet if they want, they can find a new home on KNON.  Just as Cuzzin Lennie did.

Storm_71
Storm_71

And yet somehow "The Fan" still stays on the air. Sad................

Stephen Beare
Stephen Beare

Ticket worthy, DB. Great station. What a shame. 

Danny
Danny

this is awful.

Mshelen3
Mshelen3

It is so sad. I kept trying to listen for them not knowinh that they were all gone. Avery sad day for Dallas area

Only me
Only me

The DJ'S at KNON don't get paid though.

etmotifes88
etmotifes88

YOU KNOW WHUT I'M SAYING? I KNOW, RIIIIIGHT? #doesntmakesense #doesmakecents

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