Daytona Beach radio host Marc Bernier hospitalized with COVID-19
DAYTONA BEACH – Longtime radio show host Marc Bernier was hospitalized with COVID-19[female[feminine, according to a senior official at WNDB (1150 AM, 93.5 FM).
“I don’t have an update on him at this time other than that he’s been hospitalized,” said Mark McKinney, station operations manager.
On Monday, it was not immediately clear which hospital Bernier had been admitted to or in his condition.
Bernier, one of Volusia County’s iconic voices on politics and local news for three decades, was off the air and at home sick all last week, McKinney said.
According to McKinney, Bernier went to the doctor on Friday and received his diagnosis. The talk show host was hospitalized on Saturday, McKinney said.
News of Bernier’s diagnosis comes as Florida reported 22,783 coronavirus cases on Friday last week – a new daily record, according to the Florida Hospital Association.
The state also set a weekly record of cases with 134,506 new cases reported from July 30 to August 6, according to the weekly update from the Florida Department of Health.
The state’s positivity rate jumped to 18.9%, with Volusia, Flagler and St. Johns counties all above 23%.
The number of eligible Floridians vaccinated soared to 63% this week, from 61% the week of July 23-29, according to FDOH. This leaves 37% vulnerable to the virus.
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Bernier known for his anti-vax statements
Although he had no specific knowledge of Bernier’s vaccination status, McKinney said the host had made his anti-vaccination views on the air.
“If you’ve been listening to his show, you’ve heard him talk about how anti-vaccine he is on the air,” McKinney said.
Listeners will be briefed on Bernier’s diagnosis today during the 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. time slot of his show, McKinney said. The syndicated “Sean Hannity Show” will air in Bernier’s time slot until he returns, McKinney said.
“We will be running announcements several times per hour that he is recovering from COVID-induced pneumonia and we hope to put him back on the air soon,” McKinney said.
Now in its 30th year on WNDB, Bernier’s show has attracted a long list of guests nationwide, ranging from leaders on Capitol Hill and the White House to well-known opinion-makers.
The show has earned Bernier a spot in the radio industry trade publication Talker Magazine’s Top 100 Most Important Talk Show Host for the past 14 consecutive years.
In 2009, Bernier joined the staff at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as moderator and producer of “The President’s Speakers Series,” a program of interviews with public policy experts on foreign and domestic policy.
In 2019, Bernier left Embry-Riddle and now has a lecture series at Daytona State College with a focus on local and regional issues.
Raised in Rhode Island, Bernier hosted morning radio shows in New England before moving to Florida to pursue his career in 1990.