2007 - Disc Jockey
George Patrick, was born in De Witte Iowa. During WW2 he was assigned to the Armed Forces Radio station in New York. His Rock and Roll career began in 1956 at KXEL Radio in Waterloo, Ia. He was on from 3-5PM daily and started his show with “Have no fear, Big George is here. George Patrick and my flat friends The Records.” George says,” I was very fortunate to be on the air at the beginning of the Rock & Roll era – or maybe I should say “Explosion”.”
Shortly after beginning on KXEL he was asked to do Teen Hops at the Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo, which he did for over 4 years every Friday night, plus another 20 or so a year in towns surrounding Waterloo. During that time he brought in such names as Brenda Lee, Fabian, Danny & the Juniors, Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps, Tommy Sands and many others. The night he brought the Everly Brothers to the Electric Park the place was packed with over 2000 Teens. He also used local talent and credits IRRMA Inductees, Eddy Randall & the Downbeats as being the biggest local draw.
His Chief engineer built him an elaborate portable turntable with a mic and 2 large speakers that he used at smaller venues and open air shows. Because of the crowds the teen hops drew, record company reps dropped in often and gave him 45’s and LP’s to give away as prizes. George estimates during the time he did the hops over 120.000 teens attended. He says his stay at KXEL was “one hell of a ride and the Rock has rolled ever since.”
Patrick went to KCRG radio and TV in Cedar Rapids in 1962 and remained on the air with them until his retirement in 1984. He probably has the most recognizable voice in eastern Iowa Broadcasting, in 1968 he made a commercial, the audio of which still airs periodically on local Television commercials. With his Booming Bass voice he says, “Make no Mistake, This IS a big one!”
George said, after reviewing this bio,”My, how times change, radio stations don’t have turntables anymore and the only time I see my flat friends the record is at garage sales.” The Iowa Rock’ n Roll music association Congratulates George Patrick on his contribution to the History of Rock & Roll in Iowa and induction into their Hall of Fame.