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Local radio personality Tedd Webb hospitalized due to heart attack

[Courtesy Newsradio 970 WFLA]
[Courtesy Newsradio 970 WFLA]
Published Jul. 31, 2017

Tedd Webb, the longtime co-host of News Radio 970 WFLA's AM Tampa Bay show, was hospitalized a week ago due to congestive heart failure.

AM Tampa Bay personality Jeff Kuyrkendall said Webb, 68, could be released from St. Joseph's Hospital by Wednesday. But there is no time line for Webb's return to the show, said station manager David Bell.

"We want him to do what is best for him," Bell said.

Webb's cousin Mark Beiro said the heart attack was related to diabetes, though it was not severe enough to land him in the intensive care unit.

Webb had a quadruple bypass operation in 1999 after his first heart attack and since then has struggled with congestive heart failure.

Webb, whose real name is Henry Ruiz, is a Tampa native whose voice has been synonymous with local radio since 1963, according to his official website.

He has been with WFLA since 1983 and now works alongside co-host Jack Harris. The show is a consistent top-rated program.

Harris and Webb were recently nominated for the National Radio Hall of Fame.

Outside of WFLA, Webb has built a reputation as one of Tampa's more unique characters.

He is a historian of Tampa pop culture, a former professional wrestling manager and referee, once owned the patent for a hand-held whoopee cushion called the "fart bag" and authored the book "Butt of Course," which is a collection of Webb's photographs that "celebrate the female form."

Contact Paul Guzzo at pguzzo@tampabay.com. Follow @PGuzzoTimes.

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