Jack Pattie has been making waves in Lexington for over 25 years now, hosting weekday morning shows on News Talk 590 WVLK as well as being known to play Santa Claus during November and December.
He is married to Helen Tudor and has one daughter, Susan Cieply (Jeff). At Centenary United Methodist Church he serves in several capacities such as board membership, choir participation, softball coaching and greeting duties.
Early Life and Education
Jack was born in Frankfort, Kentucky to Jane Schermerhorn and Coleman Daniel Pattie and graduated from Frankfort High School at age 17. After joining the Navy at 17, he served aboard USS John Rodgers Fire Room as WT3C – his shipmates being known as Tin Can Sailors who became like brothers to him.
He leaves behind his wife Marta Pattie and two daughters: Kara and Mary Claire Cieply are his granddaughters; one son-in-law named Russell Moody as well as niece Maribeth Moody are left to mourn his passing. Russell Moody served on the Board, Sunday School Teacher Choir Member Softball Coach and Greeter of Centenary United Methodist Church where Marta served on its Board as well.
He was an avid runner and took part in several marathons; most notably he ran the Boston Marathon as part of Project Purple team to bring awareness for pancreatic cancer.
Pattie works as a corporate attorney at Hannigan, Fisher and Schultz for seven years and has attempted to advance to partner status during that time. She boasts an impressive professional network and has done plenty of billable hours while working at Hannigan Fisher Schultz; her family’s needs come first in particular those of her younger son with severe epilepsy who requires additional care from Pattie.
Last year, Robert Lindsey, program director of WVLK-AM 590 in Lexington, was let go from his position. Lindsey was one of Lexington radio’s most well-known faces – perhaps best known as Santa for the holidays on WVLK! Additionally, Jack has frequently performed as Santa for many events over his years on WVLK and on other stations.
Achievement and Honors
Pattie received several honors during his time on air. These awards include the Karl Shannon Legacy Award – created to recognize a late broadcaster renowned for country radio in Kentucky who passed away before receiving it himself – as well as receiving the Louie for Excellence in Greeting Card Design, an honor considered an Oscar or Emmy equivalent in this industry.
He was also actively involved with Centenary United Methodist Church as a volunteer, serving on their Board, Softball Coach, Choir Member and Greeter team. Known for being generous with his time and love of making people laugh by poking fun at them or themselves, he will be missed dearly by those he met throughout his lifetime. Among those left behind are daughter Susan Cieply; two granddaughters; son-in-law Russell and one nephew.
John Coleman “Jack” Pattie found peace with God at home in Danville KY on April 28. A graduate from Frankfort High School, he proudly served his nation from 1944-46 on board USS John Rodgers as WT3C; his shipmates became like family to him. Following WWII he began work for South Central Bell as a lineman.
Since 1975, John has been hosting NewsTalk 590 – WVLK weekday morning shows as Santa Claus during November and December.
He co-hosts Forensic Friday alongside Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson. This hour-long program examines current cases that are making headlines locally or nationally and airs weekly from 9 am-10 am. Over its history, Forensic Friday has attracted prosecutors from all across America.
His career highlights include six victories in the NASCAR Cup Series. Additionally, he served as crew chief for Montoya (2010), Bowyer (2012) and Stenhouse Jr (2017) for JTG Daugherty Racing.
He maintains his privacy, yet earns an established income through YouTube videos and other social media platforms including Vine. With brown eyes and an inviting smile, this man reportedly leads an exclusive life.
He was a dedicated family man, raising seven children with Dorothy; sons James Pattie and Karen Bobbish with husband Charles reside in Burlington. Daughters Joan Falconer (Stu), Debra Hosmer & Peter from Rye New Hampshire all survive as do 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren he made holiday appearances as Santa Claus.