Patty's career in radio started at WFDD in Winston-Salem while she attended Wake Forest University. After college, she worked for another NPR affiliate while she earned a master’s degree in music history in Norman, Oklahoma. Patty began working at WUNC in 1995 as a classical music host. Until Patty departed WUNC in July 2013, she was heard on-air during the mid-day and evening programming. As Operations Manager she kept things running smoothly behind-the-scenes , too. She managed the daily schedule of programming and announcements, as well as, special programming such as documentary shows, North Carolina Symphony broadcasts and occasional holiday specials.