Spokane TV and radio sports icon Dennis Patchin between haircuts during the COVID-19 pandemic
After 36 years in TV and radio in Spokane, Pacific Northwest sports icon Dennis Patchin is able to put is feet up, let his hair grow and discuss what’s ahead. Patchin is one of the many broadcasters who were displaced because of the COVID-19 pandemic and took some time to catch up with Dave. One of the few broadcasters to be allowed on the air after being told he was let go, Patchin describes what that final show was like on 700 ESPN and the gratitude for such a long run at one station. He relives some of most cherished assignments that include Washington State’s first trip to the Rose Bowl in 67 years, the rise of Gonzaga basketball and how he justifies being one of the few business who has not seen The Last Dance. How and when does he see sports returning? Is there a talk radio comeback in his future and when will he cut that hair?
Spokane Sports Icon Dennis Patchin Between Haircuts and Jobs During Coronavirus Crisis
"Maybe it was time to go. I always said 36 years in one market at one station in our business is a really good run. And I'm really okay with what we did; how we did and how we accomplished it. And if that's the end, if I don't do anything ever again other than to be a husband, a dad and a grandpa, I'm really good with that."
"It's really an opportunity for me to try and get better as a person, as a coach, as a human being and as a family member. I say it all the time. 'I'm not afraid to learn.' And so I'm using every opportunity that I can to learn something new. Everybody's on Zoom; everybody's on Facetime chats. I'm doing a lot of audio books. I'm trying to read from and hear everything I possibly can. It's a great opportunity to just grow."
"You couldn't draw up a better last home game scenario for him. He's been such a great story. Great kid. Great leadership. He didn't get a lot of minutes but is as committed as anyone on our team to working hard and us being good. It was cool. The fans were cheering for him and yelling 'Sheets! Sheets! Sheets!' and I couldn't fight 'em off any longer. So let me let his guy loose and he hits the shot. It was just incredible. It's one of my favorite moments at Saint Mary's...I'll never forget that one."
Before becoming an Academy Award winning actor, Mahershala Ali was known as Mahershala Gilmore as a college basketball player at Saint Mary's. A cassette was found with Gilmore and the Gaels playing Santa Clara on Feb. 18, 1996.
"If you're not nervous, that's a problem...Pressure is a privilege. I think that may have been Billie Jean King. And to really understand that and get after it, it's really important. And I think there's a balance, too. Of recognizing you are enough, too. And that's what Jenna Fischer talks about in her book that sometimes you don't have to be over the top--that you are enough."
"The year we cut the program for football was our freshmen year," said former Bronco Drew Zurek. "Within a couple weeks, it may have been that week, we were playing in Moraga. And their students! I don't know how many footballs we saw in the crowd that day. They had students that went behind our bench and were playing catch with the football right in front of the Santa Clara crowd."