- Native of Athens, Tennessee, where started his broadcasting career in 1965 at WLAR radio at the young age of 16, he worked the 5-9am sign on shift while participating in the local High School's Industrial Cooperative Training Program.
- He worked as an on-air disc jockey, news and sports director broadcasting McMinn County High School and Tennessee Wesleyan College games until moving to WDOD in Chattanooga in 1973 as a DJ and news and Sports Director broadcasting UTC Basketball and Football games.
- ate he transitioned to Television in June of 1975 moving to WTVC-TV as Sports Director anchoring the nightly sportscasts. Patterson was inducted into the Greater Chattanooga Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. Darrell retired from broadcasting after 48 years in December 2013.
Inducted: 2016 | TN Journalism Hall of Fame