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KDKA’s Mike Pintek takes leave of absence to focus on his health

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
KDKA radio's Mike Pintek
The Bridgeville Area News
Mike Pintek of KDKA talks to Chartiers Valley student Joe Holland during an off-air break in 2012. Pintek's talk show originated from Chartiers Valley. Pintek has decided to take a leave of abscence from hosting his weekday 'Mike Pintek' show to focus on his health.
The Bridgeville Area News
KDKA talk show host Mike Pintek did his Thursday, Sept. 27 afternoon show at Chartiers Valley High School. Students listened and periodically took part in the broadcast. Pintek offered his professional insight during off-air breaks. Pintek has decided to take a leave of abscence from hosting his weekday 'Mike Pintek' show 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

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.

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-853-5062 or [email protected] or via Twitter @Jharrop_Trib.

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