Dennis Patchin is one of the most recognizable sports personalities in the Pacific Northwest and has been with the KXLY Broadcast Group since 1984.
He spent 31 years as a TV Sports Anchor with KXLY-TV, and now is the program director of 700 ESPN/105.3 FM.
Dennis has covered everything from The Rose Bowl to The Mariners Post-Season; from the Spokane Chiefs winning the Memorial Cup, to more than 30 State ‘B’ Tournaments, Bloomsday, and every Hoopfest.
He also has been the television voice for every team in Spokane and many others around the area, including The Spokane Chiefs, Gonzaga Bulldogs, Washington State Cougars, Idaho Vandals, Eastern Washington Eagles, Whitworth Pirates, Spokane Indians, and G.S.L. football and basketball.
Along with Rick Lukens, Patchin came up with the idea for Friday Night Sports Extra, which will celebrate its 30th Anniversary this fall. It is one of the first shows of its kind in the nation, and is the longest running Friday night high school football show in the West.
Dennis was also the voice of the Gonzaga Bulldogs on radio for four seasons, during which the Zags went to three straight Sweet 16 Tournaments in the post-season. In addition, he was the television voice of Gonzaga basketball games for five years, and the voice of the Big Sky Football Conference for three years on Fox Sports Northwest.
Dennis currently hosts a popular three-hour radio show at 3:00pm, Monday thru Friday, on 700 ESPN with Rick Lukens.
This summer, Dennis will celebrate his 35th wedding anniversary with this wife, Dorothy, a school teacher in Spokane. They have three children: Christopher, Matthew, and Lauren; as well as two grandchildren.
You can contact Dennis at DennisP@KXLY.com
Rick Lukens has the Inland Northwest in his blood. His father was born in Spokane, and his mother grew up on Spokane’s South Hill. So deep were these roots that they brought the family over from their Seattle home for exactly one visit: Expo ’74.
Rick moved to Spokane in 1983 to work as a Sports Anchor/Reporter at KXLY TV, joining Bud Nameck, and then one year later, Dennis Patchin, to form the most successful TV sports team the market has ever known.
Some highlights from Rick’s time in the Inland Northwest include him being co-creator, along with Dennis Patchin, of Friday Night Sports Extra, the original high school football show in the Pacific Northwest. (Those were fun days.)
He is also won 6 regional Emmy Awards for reporting (they make great back scratchers), and 3 national Edward R. Murrow Awards for reporting (snazzy door stops). Rick Lukens has also proudly won multiple cash prizes in the office football pool and fantasy leagues (like taking candy…).
Rick met and married Teresa, who became his wife, and then his co-anchor on TV and radio. Rick and Teresa Lukens live in North Spokane. They like to take long walks through their Indian Trail neighborhood (Rick has not actually gone on one of these walks, but they sound nice).
Their two daughters are proud graduates of North Central High School, and now proud Washington State Cougars.
Rick is now back to reporting sports on his web site LukensAtLarge.com, and is happy to be back on the air talking sports with his friends.
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