Pat Lynch Bio
Just in case you need to be reminded, Pat was born and raised in a small house which still stands in the Loop section of Mobile, Alabama. His dad worked for the GM&O railroad, but was afraid to travel. Pat’s dad, the late Joseph Richard Lynch, was fearful that his little son would develop a taste for fine food, whiskey, and exotic places, that he would leave the Church of Rome and marry a Yankee. Way to go, dad! That’s batting a thousand. There was also a FAMILY SECRET. Pat never knew about his second cousins until he was in his 40′s.
Despite the best efforts of the good Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, he somehow survived 12 years of Catholic education. His old grade school is a landmark on Government Street.
Pat graduated from McGill High in 1968. Yes, that is the same all-boys school in Mobile, Alabama attended by Jimmy Buffett. (Jeremiah Denton and Vince Dooley also went there.) Today, it is known as McGill-Toolen Catholic High School and it is coed! If you send your kids to Catholic school, they will end up like Pat!
UPDATE! The Class of ’68 is planning a 40th. reunion in early August has just held its 40th reunion, which was a massive success. . There is a website and the “vintage plus” slide show will give you a little window into Pat’s world No pictures of Pat just pretty girls from Toolen HIgh. Then head over to the “Guestbook” page. It’s a good read. The Toolen girls tell all and the Lifetime movie channel ought to give it a look!
When our hero got his diploma, college looked way too demanding, and there were no openings in the circus for a fire eater, so Pat got into radio instead (Did you check the “family secret” referenced above?).
He’s worked in every broadcast pit and hellhole from Oklahoma to Washington State, leaving a wake of destruction and human misery in his path. Pat was a popular Country DJ on KMON Great Falls, Montana. That’s actually a good station (how they hired Pat, nobody will ever figure out).
His “big break” in talk radio when Mt. St. Helen’s erupted in May of 1980. After 6 days of continuous disaster coverage, beleaguered KSPO Newsradio in Spokane ran out of qualified personnel and put Lyncho on the air, which made the volcanic disaster seem insignificant by comparison.
Lynch brought his traveling miracle revival to Little Rock in 1983. The ACLU of Arkansas was so down on it’s luck back then, that he was the 1984 annual dinner speaker. Pat has done only as much work as was necessary to keep a job, but is still an outspoken opponent of the death penalty and was recently honored as the Abolitionist of the Year and Civil Libertarian of the Year.
Pat was confined in the “gifted and talented” room as a result of serving 6 years on the ACLU National Board. Lynch also did 17 years of hard labor in Little Rock’s infamous Citadel Radio Gulag, where he gained the distinction of being one of the very few prisoners to be fired from KARN Newsradio 920.
In October 2000, Pat Lynch began a daily radio show on 103.7 originating from the historic KAAY building in Riverdale. His newspaper column
has also been was a weekly fixture in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for almost 11 years (Sept. 2000 – Aug, 2011).
The lovely Marie moved down from Michigan in the Fall of 2000, after a whirlwind internet romance. Pat has been amazingly happy ever since. The lovebirds were wed in a “live” radio broadcast from the historic KAAY building in Riverdale on Valentine’s Day 2002.
Lynch has interviewed all manner of celebrities including Captain Kangaroo, Jessie Jackson, Susan McDougal , Timothy Leary, Gen. William Westmoreland, Tiny Tim, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Mike Huckabee.
Pat also has a beagle. Just ask about Molly.
In a startling turn of events, Pat became a student of theology at the Anglican School of Ministry, earning a Diploma in Theological Studies in the summer of 2010. Pat has been appointed to lead the ASM Christian Foundations program this fall. It will train Licensed Lay Pastors, permanent Deacons, and catechists. In the autumn of 2011, Pat entered ASM’s new Master of Ministry program. Who’s ‘a thunk it!
Did we mention that he comes form an old Mobile family dating back to before the “unpleasantness?”