Phil Valentine, radio host who was skeptical of vaccines, dies of COVID
NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Phil Valentine, a conservative radio host from Tennessee who was skeptical of vaccines until hospitalized for COVID-19, is dead. He was 61 years old.
“We are saddened to announce that our host and friend Phil Valentine has passed away,” Super Talk 99.7, which employed the famous conservative radio host, wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “Please keep the Valentine family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Valentine was skeptical of the coronavirus vaccines. But after testing positive for COVID-19, and before his hospitalization, he told his listeners to consider, “If I get this COVID thing, do I have a chance of dying from it?” If so, he advised them to get the vaccine. He said he chose not to get the vaccine because he thought he probably wouldn’t die.
After Valentine was transferred to an intensive care unit, Mark Valentine said his brother regretted “not being a more vocal advocate for vaccination”.
“I know if he was able to tell you, he would say, ‘Go get the vaccine. Stop worrying about politics. Stop worrying about all the conspiracy theories, ”Mark Valentine told the Tennessean on July 25.
“He regrets not having been more adamant about getting vaccinated. Look at the dadgum data, ”said Mark Valentine.
My brother will not be vaccinated:I asked why. Here are his reasons. And my answers.
Valentine, a radio personality since the age of 20, became a popular Conservative talk show host in Nashville in 2001 when he rose up against a state income tax proposed then by Republican Governor Don Sundquist.
Valentine developed her program into a nationwide broadcast that aired for 12 years on no less than 100 stations. At the end of the race, Valentine signed a three-year contract in 2019 that kept him on Super Talk 99.7 WTN.
Valentine told the Tennessean four years ago that his mother’s death in a car crash prompted him to leave his small North Carolina hometown.
“Nothing wrong with my hometown, but the name of the game is a bigger market,” Valentine said. “I didn’t accept this until my mother left.”
Valentine grew up wanting to be a rock star, and he started leading bands at the age of 13.
He left college and went to broadcasting school after a friend, Steve Brown, told him, “You have a deep voice. Why don’t you do radio? “
Towards the end of his career, Valentine became a fictional novelist and podcaster, partnering with his son Campbell to tell stories on history and other non-political topics.
Father-son podcast PodGOATs softened Valentine’s image as they joked about their relationship.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Senators Bill Hagerty and Marsha Blackburn took to Twitter to express their condolences.
“Phil Valentine was a visionary for the conservative movement, and he had a huge impact on the lives of many Tennesséens,” Senator Marsha Blackburn tweeted. “My deepest condolences and prayers go out to Phil’s wife, Susan, and her family. May they be comforted and surrounded by love during this difficult time. “
Contribution: The Associated Press