Pat Cassidy has been using that famous phrase from the National Anthem as his sign-on slogan for his more than 35 years of morning drive radio in Chicago. “In the wintertime ,” said Pat, ” it’s still quite dark when I first open my mouth at 5am, but we’ll get listener calls if I fail to say it. It’s just become a ritual and people tell me all the time they like hearing it”.
The veteran journalist and broadcaster as been co-anchoring mornings on WBBM Newsradio 780 since the summer of 2000, with a brief side trip to WLS Radio as a talk show host. “Talk radio was lots of fun, but my heart is reporting the news and that’s what I’ll be doing until I ride off in the sunset.” Prior to joining WBBM, you heard Pat every morning for 25 years at WMAQ (now WSCR). Pat was also heard on WBMX and WEXI in the Chicago suburbs starting in 1970, after attending Northern Illinois and Northwestern Universities and Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook.
Pat has won dozens of major news awards including The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award, National Headline Club, Peter Lisagor, National Press Club and many Associated Press and United Press awards for best newscast, best investigative report, best feature and best sports reporting.
Pat and his wife Debbie live in the suburbs. He loves playing golf, especially with his daughter Karen, reading, fishing, studying the Civil War, cooking, the Bears and the White Sox, spending time in the Galena, Illinois area and playing the card game Hearts.
The 2013 CTA budget calls for fare hikes for daily, three day, seven day and 30 day passes effective Jan. 14.
Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford unveiled an updated Operation Reunite list of names now that several military medals have been returned to veterans.
A number of Crystal Lake high school students are facing disciplinary action for sexting.
Cancer has claimed the life of a tireless rescue worker who saved more than 200 animals over the past 8 years in the Chicago area.
The childhood home of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is up for sale. The northern Ohio home was the site of Dahmer’s first murder in 1978.
There will be no charges filed against the neighbors who picked clean an Aurora home they believed had been abandoned.
Fighting a large mulch fire in Northern Illinois has resulted in a big price tag, and disagreement over who is going to pay it.
A three-year international manhunt has ended with the arrest of a former Chicagoan on child pornography charges.
This year’s unusual weather means you may not find your favorite item at your neighborhood farmers market this year.
The first production version of the 2013 Dodge Dart rolled off the Chrysler assembly line in Belvidere this week.
Illinois and Midwest cities that are facing financial struggles in the coming year 2012, are closely watching an East Coast municipal bankruptcy that has taken an unprecedented turn with retired police and firefighters.
Joliet Junior College is reducing costs by cutting its long-standing football program. The move will save the college about half a million dollars a year.
The final section of the Jane Addams Tollway rehab project is scheduled to end this weekend.
Texting can have it’s advantages, but a recent survey shows most cell phone users like to hear from people on the phone.
The Chicago firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas will help jobless callers through Tuesday.
Faculty and students in Urbana may ask trustees to reconsider their decision to deny Bill Ayers “emeritus”.
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- Man Charged With Videotaping Women In Hospital WashroomA poorly secured cell phone in a west suburban hospital washroom that a man had allegedly set up to secretly videotape women in the toilet area was discovered by a woman when the phone fell to the washroom floor on Friday. She alerted police, who then arrested and charged a 49-year-old Franklin Park man with unlawful videotaping.156
- Young Man Shot Outside Old Orchard Shopping CenterA young man was wounded in a shooting in north suburban Skokie Friday night, outside the Old Orchard Shopping Center.227
- 3 Dead, 8 Shot In Citywide ViolenceThree men were killed and at least eight other people were wounded in violence around the city since Friday night.167
- Orange Line Service Resumes After Train-Pedestrian IncidentCTA commuters were temporarily stymied on the Orange Line during the Friday rush hour after a train fatally struck a man on the tracks.401
- Illinois Senate Passes Medical Marijuana LegislationIllinois Gov. Pat Quinn must decide if he will sign a measure allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes after the state Senate approved legislation on Friday.1238
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