“This is an awesome surprise!” WTSR disc jockey Susan Patterson, better known as Miss Sue to her colleagues and many listeners, said as she was honored for her 30 years of service to the College radio station on Thursday.
“Miss Sue’s personality is as big as her reputation,” WTSR station manager and junior communication studies major Pat Lavery said. “Everyone knows her as soon as they start at the station.”
With a slice of cake in hand, Patterson enthusiastically talked about her career.
When asked what she enjoys about her job, Patterson could only answer, “I love music, all kinds of music. And I love communicating with the people more than anything.”
Patterson started her career as a volunteer DJ at WTSR. She did not have a job when she entered the station. “But I was a freelance DJ and friends said I should do it professionally. Thirty years ago, I had the opportunity to come here, and I’ve always been here.”
“I love music and I love talking,” Patterson said. “And from that, it just snowballed.”
Patterson’s show is on Saturday nights, from 9 p.m. to midnight on 91.3 FM. She has been consistent with her kind of music – dance and house mixes – and her timeslot for the entirety of her career. “The main stuff is me mixing the songs and remixes,” she said. “I pick out and spin my own selections. This station lets me play what I want to play.”
Lavery said, “We have a music format during weekdays, but Miss Sue is and always has been very unique.” He highlighted her dedication to WTSR, adding that she will sometimes stay on air for an additional hour “because she just loves it.”
Throughout the years Miss Sue has become a fixture in the Mercer and Bucks counties music scene. “She is so well-known (and) well-liked (in the area),” WTSR DJ Mike Piazza, who has been part of the radio station for 13 years, said.
It is not just her personalized style of music that makes Patterson famous. Other DJ’s and WTSR staff members noted Patterson is very welcoming to any newcomer to the station.
“She is very community-minded,” Piazza said. “For example, she is part of the Trenton Thanksgiving Day parade every year.” ”
“Miss Sue is so dedicated (to this area),” junior communication studies major and WTSR operations manager Patrick Hall said. “I hope she’ll have her show and contribute to the station for many years to come.”
Patterson hopes the same, and said she “looks forward to being here many more years.”
Lavery attempted to summarize Miss Sue’s legacy.
“To put it plainly,” he said, “she loves the station and the station loves her.”