Phil Valentine
photo from WTN Facebook

UPDATE: August 21

Phil Valentine has passed away after several weeks hospitalized with COVID-19. Read more here.

UPDATE: August 13

Dan Mandis, talk host of SuperTalk WTN shared on social media, “Phil Valentine remains critically ill. There really isn’t much of an update except that he continues to fight and we pray for his lungs to heal.”

UPDATE: August 10

Dan Mandis, talk host of SuperTalk WTN, shared on social media, “ major update today on Phil. He remains critically ill. We are in waiting mode as Doctors work hard to try and rehab his lungs.”

UPDATE: August 9 

Dan Mandis, talk host at SuperTalk WTN shared on social media, “Friends. So far no update on Phil today. The family wanted you to know that there may not be daily updates. They are working on his lungs, that’s the critical issue right now. Other problems will come along but right now the focus is on his lungs. I’m hoping to have another update soon.”

On Friday, Mandis also shared, “Update from Phil’s family: Phil remains in critical condition with Afib being the primary issue. He’s begun a new drug specifically to address that issue. The hope is that the medicine will lessen his dependency on the vent and his lungs can then begin to heal.”

UPDATE: July 31

Mark Valentine, Phil’s brother, wrote on social media: “Phil had another good night last night. His condition is critical but stable. All of his vital signs are great and the vent is doing its job. We get more optimistic each day.”

UPDATE: July 30, 1 pm

Mark Valentine shared on social media, “Phil made it through the nite. He needs to be on an EKMO machine which is lung part of a heart/lung machine. We’re trying to get him to a hospital with that equipment via helicopter. The protocol requires he be able to be on his back for several hours which I didn’t think he could do…but he did! We’re checking bed availability now and if he is a candidate for transport. It ain’t over.”
UPDATE: July, 28, 5 pm

Supertalk 99.7 WTN shared, on social media, an update on the condition of radio talk show host Phil Valentine. The update comes via the Valentine Family. It states “Out of an abundance of caution, Phil has decided to be put on a ventilator to give his body much needed rest. We are confident that he will pull through & thank you for your continued prayers.”

Original story:

Local radio host Phil Valentine is currently hospitalized due to contracting COVID-19.

Supertalk 99.7 WTN shared a social media post stating, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Phil Valentine and his family, and we appreciate the support from YOU our WTN Family during this trying time. As the family provides updates we will share those with you.”

The radio station shared a statement from Mark Valentine on behalf of the Valentine family regarding Phil’s condition. It stated, “Phil contracted the Covid virus a little over a week ago & has since been hospitalized & is in very serious condition, suffering from Covid Pneumonia and the attendant side effects. He is in the hospital in the critical care unit breathing with assistance but is NOT on a ventilator. We’d ask that everyone please refrain from contacting him while he is in the hospital.”

“Phil would like for his listeners to know that while he has never been an ‘anti-vaxer’ he regrets not being more vehemently ‘Pro-Vaccine’, and looks forward to being able to more vigorously advocate that position as soon as he is back on the air, which we all hope will be soon. Phil & his family would like for all of you to know that he loves ya’ll and appreciates your concern, thoughts & prayers more than you will ever know. Please continue to pray for his recovery and PLEASE GO GET VACCINATED!”

Phil Valentine hosts a daily talk show “The Phil Valentine Show” on WTN from 3 pm – 7 pm.

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