A longtime voice on the airwaves of North Carolina’s Triangle, Patterson died following a long period of declining health. He was 81.
Patterson worked in radio for six decades, mostly at Triangle stations, including WQDR, WDNC, and WKIX-AM. He was known for his signature wit. Along with reading the daily, local school menu (punctuated by a recorded “Yum yum!”), Patterson and his cohorts would spin tales set in a universe that sounded like a cross between Hee Haw and A Prairie Home Companion.
Patterson is survived by his wife of 34 years, Becky, as well as four children and step-children and seven grandchildren. Visitation and memorial service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh.