Patterson, Pat (Muriel Welsh). Broadcaster, composer, writer, b Victoria, BC, 4 Dec 1921; LRSM 1937. She studied violin, voice, and piano in Victoria but is a self-taught composer. In 1946 she settled in Toronto, where she became in turn a radio continuity and program writer (1946-8), a freelance, and the host for the record programs 'Pat's Music Room' (1948-64) and 'Light and Lyrical' (1950) and for the children's show 'Musical Playroom' (1951).
In the mid-1950s for CBC TV's children's program 'Telestory Time' Patterson wrote and performed several hundred songs. She was host 1962-9 and co-host 1969-71 with Helen Hutcheson for CBC radio's 'Trans-Canada Matinee' and host 1978-9 for CBC radio's 'One to One.' She prepared the CBC series 'Festivals of the World' (1976) and 'Thanks for the Use of the Hall' (1977). In 1972 she composed the music and co-wrote the lyrics for the theme of TVOntario's The Polka Dot Door, which was still in use in 1991. In 1986 she began writing for Fred Penner's Place, a TV musical program for pre-school children which has broadcast some of her songs.
Patterson collaborated with Dodi Robb, the writer for 'Telestory Time,' on several children's works, composing music for the CBC radio fantasy A Carol for Canada (1951) and the popular musicals The Dandy Lion (1964), Red Riding Hood (1968), The Popcorn Man (1969, adapted for CBC TV in 1980), and The Cabbagetown Kids (1978, for the Guelph Spring Festival). She has written several documentary films and radio plays and has had three children's books published. In 1986 Patterson received the John Drainie Award for distinguished broadcasting.