Alley Pat: The Music Is Recorded


This documentary tells the story of James “Alley Pat” Patrick, a former Atlanta disc jockey who played records for the first black-owned radio station in the country. The film revels in Alley Pat’s on-air anarchy during broadcasting’s pre-corporate era and also chronicles his role in the civil rights movement. The story is told through archival footage and “air checks” as well as interviews with friends, colleagues and Alley Pat himself. The film ends with a demonstration of why Alley Pat was so popular as he provides a side-splitting eulogy at the funeral of Hosea Williams.

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About the Filmmaker: Tom Roche

tomroche_alleypat_062615.jpgCredit Charles W. Jones / WABE Tom Roche, filmmaker of the award-winning biography “Alley Pat: The Music Is Recorded," said in an interview on “A Closer Look” how he was impressed by Patrick’s radio voice. 

“Because he just was firing on so many different levels. The things he said based on how he was raised in Montezuma, he was fascinating to me on so many levels,” Roche said. 

Roche talked more about Patrick’s radio history with Denis O’ Hayer and Rose Scott on “A Closer Look.”