Phil Valentine Update With Radio Host in 'Grave Condition' Weeks After Catching COVID

Conservative talk radio host Phil Valentine is in a "grave condition" after catching COVID over a month ago, according to his family.

Phil Valentine, who hosts a self-titled show on Nashville-based radio station SuperTalk 99.7 WTN, shared on Facebook on July 12 that he had caught COVID. The host had been publicly skeptical of the safety of COVID vaccines, including after it emerged he had caught the virus.

Days later, his family revealed he had been hospitalized and was "fighting for his life." At the time, his family said: "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.'"

The statement went on to urge people to "pray for his recovery and PLEASE GO GET VACCINATED!"

Dan Mandis, a colleague of Phil Valentine's at SuperTalk 99.7 WTN, has been providing updates on the host's condition on Facebook. In his latest post he wrote: "'Update from Phil's family: Phil remains in grave condition. Please continue to pray!! #PrayforPhil."

Over 800 users "liked" the Facebook post, and hundreds left messages of support, pledging to pray for the host, his family and colleagues at SuperTalk 99.7 WTN. Some affectionately called him "Uncle Phil."

In a radio segment aired earlier this month on SuperTalk 99.7 WTN, Mandis told listeners "everybody misses Phil."

Johnny B, long-time producer and music director of The Phil Valentine Show, said the host is "just the nicest guy and loves to help people out."

Of his condition, he said: "I know I'd be emotional about this, but not to the point that I have. It's been a very dark period."

The host was put on a ventilator in late July "out of an abundance of caution" to give his body "much-needed rest," his family said in a statement at the time.

In an update last week, his family said doctors were focusing their attention on his lungs, which were a "critical issue" at the time.

Since the host came out in support of COVID vaccines, his brother Mark Valentine told CNN in July that "dozens and dozens" of people had been encouraged to get vaccinated.

Mark Valentine said: "I want to see people regardless of whatever threat, risk you think you are, go get the dadgum shot and don't put people that you love in the position that Susan's [Phil Valentine's wife] in right now, having to be with him 14 hours a day, not knowing whether he's going to live or die."

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Conservative talk show radio host Phil Valentine is pictured on the right. Valentine is currently hospitalised with COVID. Mark Valentine