Audio: Mary Lucia doesn’t back down

It was a breath of fresh air on The Current this afternoon when Mary Lucia returned as afternoon host after a seven-month battle to shed a stalker.

“Where have you been?” she asked her listeners, figuring she’d turn the table.

Lucia left the station last spring after Patrick H. Kelly, 56, of Eden Prairie, was about to go to trial on charges of felony stalking and making terroristic threats.

But the case was delayed for months and then, after Kelly pleaded guilty, his sentencing was postponed multiple times. He’s jailed pending a competency hearing in December.

Lucia said last week she can’t talk about the case so when she returned to the airwaves this afternoon, she talked about friends instead.

“I tend to isolate a little bit when I’m on the down low,” she said. “I’m not a big friend collector. But I’m lucky that I have a small group of friends. And it’s always a question: do you let these people see the real darkness? And I think most people’s instinct is to turn and run in the other direction as fast they can. But I’m so lucky. They’ve not run away from me, they’ve run to me. They get me.”

She said for several months she’s been thinking of what first song she would play. “Should it be something poignant and significant, or should I just throw everyone off my trail with something like Sir Mix-A-Lot’s Baby Got Back?”

She went with poignant and significant, dedicating it to “all of you out there who are struggling and all of my friends who didn’t run from the darkness.”

Update 5:03 p.m. – And the 4:20 returned, too.

  • Great tune. The days are getting shorter, but my afternoons just got a whole lot brighter.

    • Al

      Poetically perfect. I couldn’t agree more.

  • crystals

    Are you going to be on air with Mary at 4:20ish? I can’t wait to hear the two of you together again.

    • It’s pretty much the only reason I come in to work. So, yeah.

  • Jerry

    Oh yeah, Sam Smith had a pretty good cover of that song last year:

    https://youtu.be/pB-5XG-DbAA

  • Rob

    The Current just wasn’t the same with Mary out of action. And, as we’d expect, that was an excellent opening set!

  • Jeff C.

    Mary: “Wha’cha got on the old News Cut blog today, Bob?”
    Bob: “You!”

    • That WAS very sweet…as was the Carson story.

      Thanks.

      /The “Red SUV” story nearly made me drive off the road…

  • ChrisF

    Puggles are the antidote for sadness according to my wife.

  • Lady612

    I have never been happier. I’m so glad she’s back.

  • Dan

    She sounds great.

  • jtberken

    All is good in the world…

  • sgigs

    Thank you for providing the audio.