Kevin Matthews has MS


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Oct 11, 2008
Grand Rapids, MI

Citadel Broadcasting classic rock WLAV/Grand Rapids morning host Kevin Matthews, 52, revealed to his audience (whom he calls "Kevheads") on Monday (Dec. 8) that he has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a chronic, potentially debilitating disease that affects your central nervous system.

Matthews, who also addressed the media after his Monday show, told his audience that he has been undergoing tests for about three weeks and doctors determined it wasn't a brain tumor but MS. "I dodged a huge atom bomb," Matthews told his audience, reports The Grand Rapids Press. He added, "It happens. It's the card you're dealt with. I can live with this."

The Mayo Clinic Web site says there are many different ways MS affects people. For some, it's a mild illness treatable through diet, exercise and discipline. For others, it can be permanently disabling. Estimates show 300,000 people have MS in the U.S.

Matthews says he plans on continuing to do his show while being treated.

In addition to WLAV, Matthews is also known for his time in St. Louis and the 12 years he spent at Chicago's WLUP (the Loop) and also WCKG. He returned to WLAV for his second tour of duty in 2005.