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Patrick Lopeman (born May 14,1949) is an American media investor and businessman. Lopeman is also known under the professional name Pat Martin. He is currently president of Bay View Broadcasting, Inc. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Lopeman is most widely known as a programmer of CHR and Country radio stations in the Midwestern United States. He is also the owner of PMA Marketing, Inc. which operates a broadcast equipment trading service and media development website .


Biography

Born in Canton, Illinois, Lopeman was a professional disc jockey at the age of 17. He worked at WBYS, Canton, Illinois. He moved to radio stations in Bloomington/Normal, Illinois; Madison, Wisconsin; Utica, New York; Indianapolis, Indiana and Paducah, Kentucky. [1]

Early in 1976 Lopeman was hired as a program director of WSPT-FM in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. In 1978, WSPT was named Billboard Magazines "Station of the Year"[2] and Lopeman was named "Program Director of the Year" in 1978 and 1979. While at the station Lopeman hired many personalilties in the early stages of their broadcast careers including national talk show host Don Geronimo; radio station programmers Jeff Rowe, Chris Shebel, John Larson; Air Traffic Reporter Tom Carr (WTMJ, Milwaukee and KONO, San Antonio); and comedian Tim Bedore.

As WSPT program director, Lopeman was responsible for the stations music programming. Between 1976 and 1981, Lopeman was awarded more than a dozen gold records for being the first program director to play million selling singles albums. He recieved recognition for breaking the hits: "Boogie Fever" by The Sylvers "I Like Dreaming" by Kenny Nolan "Rock and Roll Alternative" by Atlanta Rhythm Section "It's a Heartache" By Bonnie Tyler Lopeman was also recognized as the "unsung hero" on the liner notes of Ram Jam's 1977 album release featuring the song "Black Betty".

Lopeman was then hired as program director of WBCS, Milwaukee in 1981. He recruited Art Roberts (formally of WLS and WCFL in Chicago) to host the afternoon drive program on the country-formatted station. Within a year, WBCS became #1 rated Arbitron station (12+ and 25-54) in the Milwaukee market. It was one of the highest rated FM country music stations in the United States at the time. After leaving day-to-day programming for radio stations, Lopeman conducted some 50 one-day programming workshops throughout the United States and Canada. The topic was "How to Improve Your Career in Radio".

Radio Station Ownership and Development

When radio ownership FCC rules relaxed in the 1980's, Lopeman began developing broadcast licenses for his own company and other clients. He was a founding partner of four radio station operations. As an investor, Lopeman was the operations. As an investor, Lopeman was the managing partner of WPHD of Tioga, PA/Elmira/Corning New York which signed on in 1992. The station later changed its call signs to WMTT and is still operating with its original classic rock format. Lopeman then signed on WXYQ in Manistee, Michigan in June, 1994. The facility was sold in 1997. After a series of ownership changes the station is now know as WMTE-FM. The original WXYQ programmed oldies and switched to a classic rock format in 2009. Lopeman was the original licensee of KCVZ in Dixon, Missouri. The license was sold to Lake Area Educational Media Foundation in 2002. KCVZ programs christian contemporary music. In September, 1999 Lopeman signed on WMOM [3] licensed to Pentwater, Michigan. WMOM operates from studios in Ludington, Michigan with the transmission site in southern Mason County, Michigan. The station programs contemporary and alternative music. WMOM was nominated for the NAB's Marconi Award in 2003 and 2004. The Ludington and Scottville Chamber of Commerce recognized WMOM as on of the seven leading businesses in the area at its annual dinner in April,2010. Like WSPT under Lopeman's direction, many young media professionals have been hired at WMOM and gained experience before moving on to larger and more competitive careers.

Community Leadership Involvement

WMOM is best know for its sponsership of the annual Ludington Lake Jump. Lopeman has served as its main sponser and supporter since it was first conducted in 2000. The event has raised nearly $275,000 over its first ten years. In 2010 the fundraiser was donated to the city of Ludington by WMOM to raise money for future community projects and charitable needs.

In 1978, Lopeman was involved with the successful political campaign of former Wisconsin Governor Lee Sherman Dreyfus. To help facilitate the Dreyfus Campaign in his home county, Lopemans was elected as Portage County (Wisconsin) Republican party chairman in early 1978.

Lopeman served on the board of directors of Upper Midwest Communications Conclave between 1979 and 1981 which sponsors a convention every year in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area.

Lopeman was a founding board member of the Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards between 1985 and 1988.

References

  1. (www.440.com)
  2. Station of the Year. Billboard.
  3. "New Radion Station is all about MOM". Ludington Daily News - Sep 29, 1999.

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