WDRV PD Patty Martin Announces Departure
May 9, 2014 at 5:06 AM (PT)
HUBBARD Classic Rock WDRV (97.1 THE DRIVE)/CHICAGO PD PATTY MARTIN is exiting the station. MARTIN told the staff of her exit in an e-mail THURSDAY (5/8), citing her husband's health matters for her departure. SVP/Programming GREG SOLK said MARTIN will stay aboard for up to two months while a replacement is selected.
As stated in the memo to the WDRV staff from MARTIN, “I love radio, and I truly love THE DRIVE, but after 34 years in the business, I need to direct my energies elsewhere. THE DRIVE is an amazing radio station; we have a terrific, dedicated staff and I will be here for as long as GREG needs me to help with the transition to a new programmer. I will miss all of you, especially the air staff at THE DRIVE, who continue to grow and excel. My immediate attention will be focused on family health matters. My husband will be evaluated for a kidney transplant soon and he will be my priority for the near future. Please look for me down the road as I hope to learn new things as I venture into the digital space and new media. Thanks for the ride.”
SVP/Programming GREG SOLK added, “Bringing PATTY in 13 years ago to help us create this uniquely amazing Rock station was the best decision, ever. PATTY has been an amazing partner, collaborator and friend. We love her dearly and she will be missed.”
MARTIN joined THE DRIVE in 2001 after eight years as MD at crosstown CBS RADIO Triple A WXRT and previously served as MD at KLOL/HOUSTON, KSJO/SAN JOSE and KMBY/MONTEREY.