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A native Philadelphian, Patty Jackson, was born on Monday, November 4th, 1963, and has entered her silver anniversary in broadcasting. She attended South Philadelphia Motivation High School and the American Academy of Broadcasting before embarking on her radio career at WSSJ in Camden, NJ, when it was owned by Broadcast Pioneers member Pat Delsi.
Her diverse career has included country, urban and pop formats, including Power 99 FM and Q102. But, her warm and soulful voice found its true home with adult radio listeners on WDAS-FM. Patty is the reigning Queen of Mid-days from 10am to 3pm, Monday through Saturday. Patty’s brand of realness has kept her audience connected throughout her 25-year broadcasting career.
She leaves the shock for the other jocks, because her style is warm and conversational. Patty has interviewed some of entertainment’s biggest names including Quincy Jones, Denzel Washington, Tyler Perry, Smokey Robinson, Susan Taylor, Iyanla Vanzant, and Lee Daniels, to name a few. During her interviews you feel like there are only 3 people in the room: You, Patty, and the A-list celebrity. She’s in the know, and she keeps you up to date on the who’s who in entertainment.
Although she remains the undeniable female adult voice in radio, her talents extend far beyond. Patty has penned a weekly entertainment column in the Philadelphia Tribune for over 10 years, and her columns have been circulated nationally through the Internet.
She is also the official voice of welcome and information at the Philadelphia International Airport. Travelers from all over the world are greeted by Patty’s warm and inviting voice. Television is also on the horizon. Patty has hosted several telethons, AM Philly, and NBC10’s 10! Show, and is currently appearing the first Friday of the month as the entertainment correspondent for CN8’s Your Morning with Greg Coy and Connie Colla.
Patty and “that voice” are entrenched within Philadelphia. You will recognize her voice on the Women’s History Month and Black Music Month’s vignette series, which air yearly on WDAS. Patty has always strived to be a good person. So naturally, she is very committed to community and civic endeavors, and religiously donates her time to events including the annual AIDS and Diabetes walks, and the annual Breast Cancer “Race for The Cure” walk. She is also the Co-chair of the 2006 National Woman’s Heart Day Campaign.
In 1995, Patty received the Communicator of the Year Award from the National MBA Association. She has also been nominated for several awards including the Billboard/Airplay Monitor Radio Awards Local Air Personality of the Year. In 2005, Patty was honored by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists for Outstanding Community Service and by the March of Dimes with the A.I.R. award for Milestone achievement in radio. In 2006, the awards and acknowledgments continue to flow for Patty. She was recognized by the March of Dimes again with the Best Weekday Mid-day Host Award. And, for the fourth year straight, she was voted Favorite Radio Personality by the readers of the prestigious Philadelphia Tribune.
A diehard Philly sports fan (Go Sixers! Go Eagles! Go Phillies!), Patty’s also an exceptional cook. Between her spicy seafood salad, jambalaya and peach cobbler, she’s got your taste buds covered. For years, Philly listeners have known and loved the voice and the heart of Patty Jackson.
From the official archives of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia
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