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Jay Marvin, ex-KHOW and AM-760 host, retires from radio due to continuing health issues

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"Realistically, I have at least a year more to go to heal, and I don't know if I'll ever be able to get to work," he says.

Beginning in early March 2009, Marvin was in and out of the hospital with a series of infections and a large mass along his spine that had to be surgically removed in an epic surgical procedure that left him with an enormous scar and an incredibly difficult road to recovery.

By December of last year, Marvin, who was placed on disability (a status that he maintains), realized that he was still not ready for a return to the microphone at AM 760, where he'd manned the morning shift prior to his illness. (He also worked afternoon drive at KHOW -- a period captured in the 1998 Westword feature "Double Trouble.") So he formally passed the torch to columnist David Sirota, his fill-in over the course of several months.

Afterward, rehab continued, and it's ongoing.

"I go to this place in Cherry Creek, and right now, I'm working on my balance and my strength," Marvin notes. "I'm still weak in some parts of my body -- but I've made progress. When I went in there in November, I was in a wheelchair, and now I can walk. I can stay out for two or three hours, and even four or five if I really push it, although I pay for that the next day."

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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