Longtime Duluth Radio Host Pat Cadigan Passes Away

Pat Cadigan, longtime KDAL radio host, has died at age 82. Pat Cadigan, longtime KDAL radio host, has died at age 82. |  Photo: Courtesy: KDAL Radio

May 15, 2017 01:40 PM

Duluth radio veteran Pat Cadigan, one of the Northland's first rock-n-roll DJ's and longtime KDAL morning show host, has died after a short illness. He was 81.

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Charles Patrick Cadigan helped put KUMD on the air as a student at the University of Minnesota Duluth and was hired by WDSM a short time later. When NBC's decision to end evening radio broadcasts forced WDSM to change its programming, Pat "The Cat" Cadigan got the opportunity to spin rock-n-roll records instead.

After serving two years in the U.S. Army, Cadigan worked WEBC, WDSM, and WQMN before KDAL hired him in 1961. He left radio to work in real estate in 1974, but rejoined KDAL as morning co-host in 1982.

Cadigan also worked for many years with the Chmielewski Fun Time Orchestra, acting as an emcee for the band during performances across the U.S. and Canada and on a weekly TV show before leaving music to concentrate on radio.

"I had to choose music or radio and I selected radio," Cadigan wrote for a bio posted on KDAL's website. "I'm glad I did because I met a guy named Rik Jordan with whom I spent 26 years on the morning show with. He was the best talent this part of the country had heard. I've been able to work with the very best talent at the very best station in the upper Midwest, KDAL."

Cadigan co-hosted the morning show until recently and still hosted the "Midwest Polka Party" Saturday mornings on KDAL.


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