GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Kevin Matthews, the longtime host of the WLAV (96.9) morning show, has been diagnosedwith Multiple Sclerosis.
Matthews has been undergoing tests for about three weeks, andmade the announcement on his show at 7:20 a.m. Monday. He addressedthe media around 10 a.m. Monday.
According to the MayoClinic website, MS is "a chronic, potentially debilitatingdisease that affects your central nervous system, which is made upof your brain and spinal cord. Multiple sclerosis is widelybelieved to be an autoimmune disease, a condition in which yourimmune system attacks components of your body as if they'reforeign."
There are many different ways MS affects people. For some, it'sa mild illness treatable through diet, exercise and discipline. Forothers, it can be permanently disabling. Estimates show 300,000people have MS in the United States.
Matthews began his radio career at Grand Valley StateUniversity's college radio station in the mid-70s. He held jobs ata number of different stations in Grand Rapids, including LAV,before moving on to St. Louis and then Chicago. While at The Loopin Chicago, his fan base of "Kevheads"expanded nationally.
In 2004, he released his first cookbook, "This Book Could KillYou: Recipes to Die For."
After about 20 years in Chicago, he returned to the morningairwaves at LAV in 2005. Beyond hosting the morning show, Matthewsis in Program Development for Citadel Communications, the companythat owns LAV.
24 Hour News 8 will have more information as it develops.
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