11 AM, March 18
Handel Heart Surgery
‘Text book Perfect’
KFI/640 AM’s Bill Handel had “textbook perfect” open heart surgery, his wife Marjorie told KFI Program Director Robin Bertolucci Friday morning.
Handel told his morning show listeners Thursday he would have open heart surgery Friday to replace an aortic valve.
“I just hung up with Marjorie and I'm happy to report the surgery was ‘textbook perfect.’ The surgery went so smoothly that it went even faster than expected. Bill is now in recovery,” Bertolucci e-mailed at 11 a.m. Friday.
“Knowing Bill he'll be back very, very soon....that guy doesn't stay still for long. Thanks to everyone for your good wishes,” she added.
While Handel, 59, recovers, his team of Gary Hoffmann, Rich Marotta and Michelle Kube will fill in from 5 to 6 a.m., with Bill Carroll joining from 6 to 9 a.m. Carroll will also continue his daily noon-3 p.m. weekday program.