Houston radio host Matt Patrick announces he will discontinue cancer treatments

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Updated 10:49 am, Wednesday, July 5, 2017

On the sixth anniversary of taking the airwaves in Houston, 740 KTRH-AMradio host Matt Patrick announced Wednesday that he would no longer seek treatment for the aggressive cancer he’s been fighting since late 2015. 

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Patrick’s esophageal cancer has reduced his once-booming broadcasting voice to something just above a whisper at times. It’s far-removed from the usual tone that listeners have grown used to since 2011. Even during sickness though Patrick’s jovial attitude can be heard. 


“On Houston’s Morning News this morning, Matt revealed he has exhausted all options and has discontinued cancer treatments,” read a status update on the AM station’s Facebook page. “Matt and all of us at NewsRadio 740 KTRH, and the iHeartMedia family, thank you all for your constant love and support during this difficult time.” 

Patrick’s morning message can be heard here… 

His co-host Shara Fryer (a cancer survivor) helped Patrick get through the morning show as Patrick’s wife also stayed in the studio with him and the rest of the show team. 

Patrick was to appear on fellow radio host Michael Berry‘s own show on Wednesday morning but he was too tired to talk, according to Berry. 

A complete statement from IHeartMedia is forthcoming, according to station managers. 

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The veracity of his cancer treatments at M.D. Anderson did affect his physical time in the iHeartRadio studios in the Galleria area. When he couldn’t make it in a studio at home was utilized. 

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Patrick replaced longtime morning hosts Lana Hughes and J.P. Pritchard, a duo for 27 years, six years ago this summer. He’s hosted shows on stations in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland and South Bend, Indiana since 1979.

He’s spoken in the past on air about being a recovering alcoholic. and was apt to give his personal testimony to those who struggle with sobriety. His devoted fans have rallied behind Patrick and his family as the cancer fight has taken various turns. 

Locally Patrick was also known for his sporadic, spirited debates on KRIV-TV with community activist Quanell X. 


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