Health Matters signs-off after 20 years

Aug 17, 2020

(L-R): Rick Phillips, Dr. Tony Weaver and Shelley Irving, PA-C.
Credit Morehead State Public Radio

Debuting in March 2000, Health Matters has focused on health care issues in the mountain region of eastern Kentucky.

Dan Conti, former WMKY general manager served as the program’s original host and many others have contributed to the program through the years.

Initially, regional participants in the program included the Fleming County Hospital, Morgan County Appalachian Regional Hospital, Gateway Health District and St. Claire Medical Center.

For the past 17 years, Dr. Anthony (Tony) Weaver has hosted the program. Joining Dr. Weaver were co-hosts Shelley Irving, PA-C and Rick Phillips.

Since 2001, the program has been a co-production of Morehead State Public Radio and the Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center (AHEC), which also sponsored the weekly program. Through current news, lively discussion and timely humor, the program shared health issues and other topics concerning the well-being of eastern Kentuckians.

The final program entitled “Quitz” (program #902) will be broadcast on Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY at 90.3FM) at 10:00AM Saturday, August 15 and repeated at 6:00AM Sunday, August 16.

“Since this is our final Health Matters show, we decided to call it “Quitz,” said Dr. Anthony (Tony) Weaver. “We discuss Covid 19-sensing dogs, new CDC guidelines, mammograms, and as a parting gift, we give you permission to eat eggs.”

“Thanks to all the staff at Morehead State Public Radio, for allowing us to pollute the airwaves for 17 years,” quipped Dr. Weaver.

“We are grateful to Dr. Weaver (Tony), Rick and Shelley for their contributions in health care education to our listening audience” said Paul Hitchcock, MSPR general manager. “Their dedication and service to the healthcare community is truly valued and appreciated.”

Archived programs of Health Matters will continue to be available for public listening on Morehead State Public Radio’s website.

Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY at 90.3FM) broadcasts from historic Breckinridge Hall on the campus of Morehead State University. Additional information is available online at: http://www.wmky.org