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WFLA-AM host Tedd Webb returns to radio Tuesday; three days after suffering a heart attack



tedd-webb2.jpgLongtime radio personality Tedd Webb has a simple explanation for why he's returning to work Tuesday, three days after suffering a mild heart attack.

Staying at home would be worse.

"I'm not a good guy just laying around my house; that causes more problems and stress than anything," said Webb, 62, who had the heart attack after complications from other health issues forced him to stop taking his heart medication for several days. "Looking at the walls would drive my crazy. I'd rather be at work, live it up and just forget about it all."

Health issues forced Webb to miss his co-hosting duties on the top-rated AM Tampa Bay show at WFLA-AM (970) Friday and Monday, leaving longtime partner Jack Harris to go it alone. On Tuesday, Harris goes on vacation and Webb will be joined by another longtime area broadcaster, Mark Larsen.

Webb's latest health problems started last week, after he noticed a large mass under his right armpit that he said "looked like I was trying to hide a baseball." As the week progressed, he began feeling worse, skipping work and heading for the hospital. To prepare for a colonoscopy, Webb had to stop taking the heart medication he'd been using since last year, when he had a stent placed inside an artery.

tedd-webb3.jpgBut by Sunday he felt better, asking doctors to release him from the hospital so he could resume work Tuesday. Friends and fans got brief updates online from a friend posting on Webb's Facebook account, allowing a who's who from local media scene to offer good wishes and prayers for his swift recovery.

"It's incredible, how nice people are to a (jerk) like me," said Webb, his voice choking up a little. "I got a lot of prayer warriors out there. and when I get sick, they go to work."

Webb, who is diabetic, had a quadruple bypass operation in 1999 after his first heart attack. Since then, he's also had eight bouts with congestive heart failure, leading him to adopt a better diet and health habits. But he's still awaiting test results on the mass under his arm, vowing to try slowing down, even though he's headed back to work so soon.

"I've been a good boy for a long time...but I've got a body that's been beat up over the years," said Webb. "To me, getting on the microphone is just good therapy."


[Last modified: Monday, August 15, 2011 2:13pm]


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