Midwest Communications is pleased to announce that long-time radio and television personality Pat Kelly will be joining the KDAL morning show team. P.K. (as he is known by many) with join Pat Cadigan and Ken Buehler (News) from 5am-9am Monday-Friday on 610 KDAL.
Pat Kelly came to Duluth in 1979 to work for WEBC radio, but six months later found himself walking into KDLH-TV "looking for a day job." He replaced the very popular Heatwave Berler as Weather Anchor and 18 months later moved to the News Anchor chair.
In 1985, he signed on with the brand new KDAL-FM Lite Rock station. From 1987 to 1990, he also anchored the Sunday night news on KBJR-TV, never missing a Sunday night in 2-and-a-half years. In 1992, while still doing mornings on 96 Lite, KDLH's weather anchor left and Pat was asked to "fill in" while they looked for a replacement. He held that position on the 6pm and 10pm news for four years, then moved to weekend weather for four more years, all the while holding on to the morning show gig on radio.
"PK" -- as even his wife of 37 years Barbara calls him -- left radio in 2000 to go back to school, but the News Anchor at Channel 3 job opened again up a couple weeks later and he signed on. When he "retired" in 2008, he was anchoring, producing, writing and copy editing the KDLH newscast for both 6pm and 10pm. He also co-hosted the public affairs program "Northland Voices" with Barbara Reyelts and did special reporting assignments.
Between the Northland's NewsCenter years and re-joining KDAL, Pat has been an actor with the Duluth Playhouse ("The Full Monty"), a substitute teacher in the Superior School District, a handwriter for Hallmark Business Connections and the clubhouse manager for Grand View Golf Course. He took up distance running and enrolled at the University of Wisconsin/Superior as an Accounting major. He also fills in for Dennis Anderson occasionally on WDSE-TV's "Almanac North" and regularly does guest appearances on KUWS's "Final Edition" and "Radio Superior."
He and Barbara raised three daughters in Lester Park and now enjoy a growing number of grandchildren. Presently, they live in the Town of Superior.