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It’s an odd thing, but when you listen to a fair amount of talk radio, you develop a sense that you know the hosts you hear most often, almost as if they were your friends. As indeed they are, on some level. I sometimes spend hours alone in a car on surveillance, and in those times I am grateful for the company talk radio provides. But it’s not just the company I enjoy, it’s the entertainment and education offered by the hosts with whom I pass the time.
Michael Medved is one such host. I listen to at least part of his show almost every day, and much of what I miss live, I catch up with through his podcast. He has provided me with entertainment and education by the truckload for years, for which I am very grateful. It’s a gloomier day for me when I don’t hear at least once his proclamation, given at the beginning and end each broadcast hour, that America is “the greatest nation on God’s green Earth,” a sentiment I ardently share.
So it came as a shock when Mr. Medved announced in the final hour of Friday’s program that he would be taking some extended time off to recover from throat cancer, for which he has been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy since being diagnosed in December. Hearing the news from him was almost like hearing it from a close friend. He posted a message on the subject on his website Friday, and reading it offers a lesson in handling adversity with dignity, grace, and optimism.
I will miss his voice while he is away and will pray for him and his family as they pass through this trial.