Patterson, Dale

Dale Patterson
Place of Birth: 
Date of Birth: 
December 20, 1952
Home Community: 
Durham Region Background: 

I've lived in Ajax since 1994.


The Canadian Press/Broadcast News (news agency) What Time of Day Was That?, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2001 Fifteen Minutes of Fame, Red Deer Press, 2013 Close, But No Cigar, Red Deer Press, scheduled publication 2018 Public Speaking Topics: Writing (non-fiction, history), Top 40 radio

Public Speaking Topics: 

Writing (non-fiction, history), Top 40 radio


Current: Author, Red Deer Press (since 2010);
Past: Reporter-Editor, The Canadian Press (1974-2010)


BAA, Journalism, Ryerson University, 1975

Honours and Awards: 

My web site Rock Radio Scrapbook has been featured on the web site 440:Satisfaction, the CBC program Definitely Not The Opera, Sympatico Netlife, and Broadcast Dialogue magazine.

Organizations and Associations: 

Convenor, Annandale Inter-Club Curling League (2012-present)
Member, Whitby Curling Club, (2016-present)
Volunteer, Community Care Durham (2017-present)


Dale Patterson lives and loves the media, be it print, broadcast, online or publishing.

A graduate of Ryerson University's journalism program, Patterson started his journalism career in October 1974 as an editorial assistant in the sports department of The Canadian Press in Toronto. In September 1975, he moved to the radio side of CP as a reporter-editor at Broadcast News in Toronto. In 1988, after 12-and-a-half years at BN, the Toronto native moved back to the print side at CP as an editor on the Business Information Wire (also known as The Canadian Press Information Network).

In November, 1998, Patterson transferred to CP's Editorial Services Desk, where he wrote and edited Cablestream, CP's cable news service. He moved to CP Online in June 2002 and returning to his roots, added Broadcast News editing duties in November 2004. To that, he added duties on the World Desk of CP in March 2008. After 35 years and seven months at CP-BN, Patterson retired from the national news agency in May 2010.

Patterson first worked in broadcasting as a show producer at CKFH Toronto in 1974-75, staying just long enough to witness the switchover from oldies to country. From 1985 to 1988 and again in 1990, he hosted a weekly oldies show called The Gold Mine at CING-FM (FM 108) in Burlington, Ont. He continued this weekly show at CFMU-FM in Hamilton, Ont. from 1992 to 1994.

Since 1996, Patterson has also published an extensive web site which focuses on the history of Canadian and U.S. Top 40 radio. Rock Radio Scrapbook, Canada's Aircheck Archive, is one of the largest of its kind in the world
( with more than 1,100 airchecks (recordings of old radio shows)

Patterson's first book, "What Time of Day Was That?: History by the Minute", was published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside in February 2001 and was the culmination of an 11-year project. The book focuses on the time of day events took place in world history, what Patterson calls "the third dimension of history." In March 2013, "Fifteen Minutes of Fame: History's One-Hit Wonders", about people who were very famous for a very short time. was published by Red Deer Press. His third book, "Close, But No Cigar: The Forgotten Side of History", about the near-misses, runnerups, and almost-weres of history, is scheduled for publication by Red Deer Press in 2018.