Broadcasters Remember Radio Legend Pat Cadigan

Cadigan Was 81 Years Old

DULUTH, Minn. – The Twin Ports broadcasting industry is remembering the life of radio icon Pat Cadigan.

Cadigan died Monday morning after a short illness.

He was 81 years old.

Cadigan was originally from Superior and began his career at KDAL radio in 1961.

His sidekick for 26 of those years was Rick Jordan.

Later, longtime KDLH-TV anchor Pat Kelly would join Cadigan for nearly four years before longtime sports anchor Tom Hansen took over duties with Cadigan up until his death.

“A lot of people knew Pat, a lot of people listened to Pat. He was well connected in this town. I’m going to miss his stories, among many, many, many other things about Pat,” Hansen said.

“Pat was one of the all-time greats. He is what I call a dangerous performer. In other words, you never knew what he was going to do with any topic you gave him and that’s what made him so interesting to listen to,” Kelly said.

Cadigan was also well known for his show called “Midwest Polka Party.”

He was such an avid fan of Polka that he’s in the Polka Hall of Fame.

Tracy Lundeen’s radio show, “Talk of the Town,” lead up to Pat’s polka show on Saturday mornings.

“What came out of his mouth was always unpredictably Pat. I found very few people in my life who could stump me and rendering me speechless. And Pat was one of them,” Lundeen said.

Cadigan was one of the first disc jockeys to play rock and roll in the area and was listened to by a young Bob Dylan who later mentioned Cadigan in his book.

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