(Nov. 30, 2004, updated Dec. 1) -- LBReport.com is saddened to report the passing of a former Signal Hill resident known to Los Angeles area radio listeners as "Waco Pat," the audio engineer whose talents were an unmistakable part of KABC Talkradio's "Ken & Bob Company" morning show from its inception in the early 70s through his retirement in the mid-90s.
News of "Waco Pat" Patryla's passing was reported on laradio.com.
"Waco Pat's" quiet drawl masked his dexterous handling of the fast-paced show, pushing buttons, flipping switches, riding gain and juggling multiple remote feeds while ambushing hosts and guests with sound effects and voice tracks thrown in whenever Waco deemed them appropriate.
For many years, KABC's "Ken & Bob Company" morning show was the top rated morning show in the highly competitive L.A. radio market. "I seldom set up any of Waco's bits and was as surprised as anyone with what he came up with. He had a great sense of timing and the good sense to know what was appropriate and when to use it," host Ken Minyard told laradio.com, adding "Waco was a full partner in the show."
Waco Pat retired to Signal Hill and spoke highly of that city and the way it was run. "It's a well-run town," he said when we spotted him a few years ago at the ELB Pavilions.
"So what are you doing these days, Waco?" we asked. "I'm retired and doing some consulting," he replied. "Insulting?" we quipped. "If they ask for it," he laughed.