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WCLO names Milam's replacement

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Catherine W. Idzerda
Saturday, October 2, 2010
— In upcoming weeks, WCLO listeners will hear the voice of Mary Pat Conry coming from their radios.

Well, not her voice exactly, but the voice of her son, Dan Conry, who has been picked to fill the morning talk show vacancy left by the departure of Stan Milam. Conry starts Monday.

Conry’s background includes time as a New York City police detective and a radio talk show host at two of the biggest talk radio stations in Minnesota’s Twin Cities.

The other important part of his background? His tough Irish Catholic mother, Mary Pat, a woman who raised a pack of kids, kept house and rose through the ranks of a major Wall Street firm.

In other words, a classic nose-to-the-grindstone, no whining, common sense kind of woman.

When her son says, “I’m a blue-collar, common-sense conservative,” you can hear his family background in his voice.

Conry said he used to be “kind of a liberal,” but 10 years of police work took it out of him.

His police career ended when he was working undercover and was stabbed in the left shoulder “just deep enough for the pension.”

Romance led him to the Twin Cities, where a series of circumstances and opportune meetings landed him the 10 p.m.-to-midnight spot on a leading Twin Cities radio station.

“I’ve been shot at, stabbed, had my rear end handed to me, but I’ve never been more frightened in my life than when I got in front of that microphone,” he said.

Conry’s self-deprecating humor, willingness to speak his mind and Mary Pat Conry-work ethic helped him succeed.

WCLO Program Director Tim Bremel said he believes Conry brings “a fresh, new perspective to local topics and involves our audience to a greater degree than ever before.”

“Dan’s diverse life experiences contribute to a ‘real world’ view that gives him a unique ability to identify on a personal level with the many different backgrounds of people within our community.”

Your Talk Show with Dan Conry can be heard every weekday from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. on WCLO AM-1230.

Podcast episodes are available for listening on demand from the station’s website,

Last updated: 3:20 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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