We wish him the best.
Much like my counterpart's relationship with recently departed radio host Steve Dahl, I'll never fully understand the impact Matthews has had on the cities that he's called home. After building up a base in West Michigan in the early 1980s, Matthews left town when I was two years old and much too young to listen to the radio. Then, after ruling the Chicago airwaves, he took his show back to Grand Rapids just before I moved to Chicago.
Matthews and I just don't have good timing.
But even though I never routinely listened to his show, it was abundantly clear the impact he had on the West Michigan region. It's remarkable how many times older co-workers or friends of my parents would ask me if I knew who Matthew's was. These queries were always followed up with a sentence of praise for his innovation, comedy or the way he was part of their mornings when "they were my age".
Clearly he was the background noise to a generation commuting to work. A collective voice around which to stay updated with what was going on in their world. With the glut of media outlets and the diversification of mediums today, I think we miss out on those things that bind a community together.
To me, Dahl and Matthews represent those ties. And I wish we could get a little bit of that spirit back.
Tell us your best Matthews memories, your reaction to his diagnosis and if you think there are those community media figures that keep people connected anymore.
Multiple sclerosis diagnosis won't slow DJ Kevin Matthews' morning drive [Grand Rapids Press]