NASHVILLE, Tennessee – A conservative talk radio host who was a vaccine skeptic until hospitalized for Covid-19 has died. He was 61.
The Nashville radio station SuperTalk 99.7 WTN confirmed the death of Phil Valentine in a tweet on Saturday.
Valentine was a skeptic about coronavirus vaccines. But after testing positive for Covid-19 and before going to hospital, he told his listeners to think: “If I get this Covid thing, will I have a chance of dying from it?” If so, he advised them to get vaccinated. He said he decided not to have a vaccination because he thought he was unlikely to die.
After Valentine was transferred to an intensive care unit, Mark Valentine said his brother regretted that “he was not a staunch advocate of vaccination.”
“I know if he could tell you that, he would tell you, ‘Go and get the vaccine. Stop worrying about politics. Stop worrying about all the conspiracy theories, “Mark Valentine told The Tennessean in July.
“He regrets that he did not necessarily receive the vaccine. Look at the Dadgum data, ”said Mark Valentine.
A radio personality since he was 20, Phil Valentine became a popular Conservative presenter by railing against a state income tax proposed by the then Republican government. Don Sundquist, reported the Tennessee.
The program evolved into a nationwide syndicated show that aired on up to 100 stations for 12 years, according to the newspaper. At the end of the run, Valentine signed a three-year contract in 2019 that kept him at 99.7 WTN.
“Phil Valentine was a visionary for the conservative movement and he had a tremendous impact on the lives of many Tenneseers,” tweeted US Senator Marsha Blackburn. “My deepest condolences and prayers go to Phil’s wife, Susan and his family. May they be comforted and surrounded by love in this difficult time. “