Conservative radio commentary lost one of its best recently, as it was just announced that Phil Valentine of The Phil Valentine Show on Nashville’s SuperTalk 99.7 WTN passed away after a challenging battle with COVID-19, WKRN reported.
On July 11, Valentine announced, via social media, that he had tested positive for COVID-19. He would later go on to talk about his ongoing battle with the virus, saying at one point during his show, “I think I’m on the other side of it.” At the time, he described the uncomfortable effects of the virus he was experiencing.
“I’m certainly moving forward, it appears, but not in a straight line… It’s just one of those things. I don’t want it to linger on,” the conservative radio host added at the time.
It was on July 22 that representatives for Valentine followed up with his fans on social media and announced that Valentine was “in very serious condition” and had been hospitalized as a result of complications from the virus.
Shortly after Valentine was hospitalized, his family issued a statement to clarify his position on COVID-19 vaccinations.
“Phil would like for his listeners to know that while he has never been an ‘anti-vaxer’ he regrets not being more vehemently ‘Pro-Vaccine’ and looks forward to being able to more vigorously advocate that position as soon as he is back on the air, which we all hope will be soon,” the statement said.
After a long battle, Valentine ultimately succumbed to the complications caused by the virus, and it was announced by several of his co-workers during a live broadcast that Valentine’s brother confirmed the Tennessee conservative radio legend had passed away at 61.
His impact on conservative politics was widely respected and felt by many, which was evidenced by the social media postings of several high-profile Tennessee Republicans, including Gov. Bill Lee, Senator Marsha Blackburn, and Senator Bill Hagerty, who all issued statements praising Valentine’s impressive work throughout the years.
Valentine was in the radio business for just over 40 years and his nationally syndicated radio show ran for the past 12 years on at least 100 stations across the country. He will certainly be missed by many.