As our NTS MediaOnline Today Facebook fans and Twitter followers first learned late on Friday (1/30), Salem Radio Network host Michael Medved told listeners to his program that he is taking an extended break from his daily syndicated talk show to battle cancer. Reporting that he was diagnosed with Stage Three throat cancer in December, Medved told listeners he’s already completed more than half of his daily radiation and weekly chemotherapy since being diagnosed, all while continuing to host his daily show. “At this point, my confidence and good spirits would lead me to go on but my voice – the most essential tool in radio – won’t cooperate,” he said. “So beginning today I’m taking a medical leave of absence until my recovery is more advanced. The exact time of my return will be determined by my medical progress, but rest assured that I’ll be straining to get back to work just as soon as humanly possible.” Medved (pictured) said that he not only expects to be cured, but that he will return to the air as soon as possible after his treatments conclude in late February. Hear the audio of his announcement HERE.
Meanwhile, SRN VP/News and Programming Tom Tradup confirms that Medved’s show will be hosted primarily by KSKY/Dallas morning drive host Mark Davis, who also hosts the Friday edition of Bill Bennett’s Morning In America for SRN. On Friday’s others will fill-in for Medved, including KTTH/Seattle morning drive host David Boze and Arthur Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute.