Family says conservative radio host has changed his tune on vaccines after he was hospitalized with Covid-19

For months, conservative Nashville, Tennessee-based radio host Phil Valentine has repeatedly made posts on multiple social media platforms telling his fans that if they weren't at risk for COVID-19, they shouldn't get the vaccine.

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Radio talk show host Phil Valentine has died after a battle with COVID-19, WTN-FM reported on Saturday.

The radio station announced Valentine’s death in a social media post. Valentine’s show aired on WTN-FM.

“We are extremely saddened to report that our host and friend Phil Valentine has passed away. Please keep the Valentine family in your thoughts and prayers.”

"Maria and I are deeply saddened by the loss of Phil Valentine and pray for his family as they navigate the difficult days ahead," Gov. Bill Lee said in a statement on social media.

“Phil Valentine was a visionary for the conservative movement. He made an enormous impact on the lives of many Tennesseans as an esteemed radio host, actor and author,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn said in a statement. “It was a privilege to know Phil, and I know his legacy will endure. My deepest condolences and prayers are with Phil’s wife, Susan, and his family. May they be comforted and surrounded by love during this difficult time.”

“Tennessee has lost a strong conservative voice who will be sorely missed,” said Sen. Bill Hagerty in a statement. “Chrissy and I extend our condolences and deepest sympathies to the entire Valentine family. Phil’s many friends, and his colleagues and faithful listeners at WTN.”

Valentine had repeatedly made posts on multiple social media platforms telling his fans that if they weren’t at risk for COVID-19, they shouldn’t get the vaccine.

His message changed on July 23 when the Valentine family made a public statement on the Facebook page of his talk radio station’s Facebook page.

“Phil contracted the Covid virus a little over a week ago and has since been hospitalized and is in very serious condition, suffering from COVID Pneumonia and the attendant side effects,” the family statement read, which emphasized that Valentine has never been an anti-vaxxer. “(Phil) 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.”

Valentine’s brother Mark confirmed on Facebook on July 28 that Phil was on a ventilator and was in need to be on an ECMO machine.

 

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