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Patrick J. Murray had his early start in Broadview Hts., Ohio, located in the southern part of Cuyahoga County. He attended Assumption parochial school during his formative years before going on to Brecksville Senior High School. At the high school, Murray played varsity basketball and, during his senior year, was the drum major for the BHS marching band.

Upon graduation, Pat attended Ashland University where he sought a double major in Radio/TV and Theater. From the beginning he was involved in the college radio station WRDL. Murray had shows on the air there and also was able to gain employment at the local commercial radio station WNCO AM and FM. Ashland University was building a new communications center and Pat was able to get in on the ground floor of the new radio TV complex as well as the newly created Hugo Young Theater. He had a lead in the first play of the facility titled “J.B.”. On the television side, Pat produced and directed college football and basketball as well as working on a local news show that aired nightly.

Between his junior and senior years at the university, Murray was hired by WUAB-TV, Channel 43 in Cleveland for part-time summer studio work. It was a great opportunity to work in the commercial television world, so that upon graduation he was hired at WUAB. During his 17-year stint at Channel 43, Pat was on the studio crew, then became a television Producer/Director, and eventually worked up to Production Manager. In that time frame, he directed local programs like Barnaby, Prize Movie, 43 AM, and Superhost. He also started directing commercials both regional and national. When the station appropriated the rights to Indians baseball in Cleveland, he moved over to produce and direct the games on the air.

After a short stint managing production at Beachwood Studios, Pat went on to start his own business – Pat Murray Productions. With this company he directed Cavs basketball and Indians baseball on WUAB. He also continued with other shows and commercials. Most notable of these was “live” back surgery from Lutheran hospital to Paris, Cleveland’s celebration on New Year’s Eve with Disney on Public Square, fireworks from Edgewater, and many others. His company served Northeast Ohio for12 years.

Pat joined forces with Classic Worldwide Productions in Broadview Hts. before moving on to become Executive Producer at Fox Sports Arizona. At that time, Murray coordinated the networks local efforts with the Diamondbacks, the Suns, andthe Coyotes, which also entailed relations with Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University

Pat returned to Ohio to work for the Cavaliers coordinating and directing broadcasts for the team. He only spent time there for a season before assisting WKYC and the Indians on the startup of Sports Time Ohio. This was a groundbreaking event that involved a local team starting its own network. So, for the last 10 years of his career, Pat worked directing games as part of the broadcast team.

During his 45 years in the production/broadcast business, Pat directed almost 2,500 major league baseball games, over 500 Cleveland Cavalier basketball games, high
school events, NHL, AHL, and countless hours of local programming. For various shows in that span, he was awarded a total of 16 local Emmys.

Since his retirement, Murray has been working on media within the Catholic Church.He volunteers at the local Catholic radio station, AM 1260 The Rock, WCCR. He also has a hand in directing the “Living Right with Dr. Ray Show” which airs on EWTN internationally.

Pat lives with his wife Jean in Parma. He plays percussion in the music ministry of St Columbkille there.

Tom Theado