KDKA’s Mike Pintek takes leave of absence to focus on his health
KDKA Radio talk show personality Mike Pintek has decided to take a leave of absence from hosting his weekday “Mike Pintek Show” to focus on his health, according to kdkaradio.radio.com.
In May 2017, Pintek announced he had been diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer. He has been under the care of Dr. Nathan Bahary at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center while continuing to broadcast his show on Newsradio 1020 KDKA, according to the website.
“At this point, I need to take some time and really focus on my health,” says Pintek, in a news release. “I know a number of listeners have reached out to the station to get an update on my condition since I haven’t been on the air for a few weeks. I want everyone to know how much I appreciate all your prayers, kind words, encouragement and support.”
The station reports that recently Pintek’s cancer treatment was interrupted when he suffered a stroke, but doctors are optimistic he will return to the planned course of chemotherapy.
Pintek has been on the air with the station in various capabilities since 1982.
Ellis Cannon has been filling in for Pintek.
Mike Pintek has decided to take a leave of absence from hosting his weekday show to focus on his health. https://t.co/VhhnePpA3l
— Newsradio 1020 KDKA (@KDKARadio) July 25, 2018
— Tom Benson (@Tombenson1) July 26, 2018
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