"Good morning Chicago. This is Pat Cassidy by the dawn's early light."
Radio listeners have heard this sign-on signature longer than most any Chicago news broadcaster still on the air today.
"I've been getting up at 2:30 a.m. for over 45 years. I hope to get used to it any day now," Pat joked.
Pat proudly joined WBBM Newsradio in 2000 after 25 years at WMAQ (now WSCR) as morning news anchor when it was NBC country music and then Westinghouse All-News, in addition to being assistant News Director. He was morning anchor on the original WBMX (now WVAZ), NBC All-News WNIS (now WKQX), and worked on WLS and other Chicago area stations on air and as a manager.
A journalism major at Northern Illinois and Northwestern University, Pat has a very impressive, lengthy list of news awards including the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award, National Headline Club, several Peter Lisagor awards, National Press Club and many form the Associated Press and United Press for best newscast, investigative, feature and sports reporting. His stories have actually changed public policy and helped right some wrongs. He's very humbled to have many civic and public service honors including a recent Salvation Army award previously won by Studs Terkel, Harry Caray, Mayor Daley and other notables. For 25 years he's anchored annual day-long radiothons raising more than $2 million for the Hunger Federation and Sal Army.
Pat and his wife Debbie live in the suburbs. Their married daughter Karen operates a farm in northwest Illinois. He loves golf, fishing, traveling, reading, cooking, spending time in Galena and all things news.