Update on Phil Valentine’s COVID-19 Battle

Phil Valentine
photo from WTN Facebook

UPDATE: August 21

Phil Valentine has passed away after several weeks hospitalized with COVID-19. Read more here.

UPDATE: August 20

Dan Mandis, talk host of SuperTalk WTN shared, “Friends. There are some well-intentioned but inaccurate posts going around about Phil. I just checked with his family and he is still on the vent as they work tirelessly to heal his lungs. I believe there are some haters who may be planting seeds of Phil’s demise as another way to troll. If there is news about Phil of any such magnitude you will find it on my page. Right now there is nothing new to report other than what I just posted.”

UPDATE: August 18

SuperTalk WTN shared, “Per the request of the Valentine family, we’d like to ask our friends and listeners to join them in prayer at 5:15 pm today.”

UPDATE: August 17

Dan Mandis, talk host of SuperTalk WTN shared on social media, “Update from Phil’s family: Phil remains in grave condition. Please continue to pray!!”

UPDATE: August 13

Dan Mandis, talk host of SuperTalk WTN shared on social media, “Phil Valentine remains critically ill. There really isn’t much of an update except that he continues to fight and we pray for his lungs to heal.”

UPDATE: August 10

Dan Mandis, talk host of SuperTalk WTN shared on social media, “Friends..no major update today on Phil. He remains critically ill. We are in waiting mode as Doctors work hard to try and rehab his lungs.”

UPDATE: August 9 

Dan Mandis, talk host at SuperTalk WTN shared on social media, “Friends. So far no update on Phil today. The family wanted you to know that there may not be daily updates. They are working on his lungs, that’s the critical issue right now. Other problems will come along but right now the focus is on his lungs. I’m hoping to have another update soon.”

On Friday, Mandis also shared, “Update from Phil’s family: Phil remains in critical condition with Afib being the primary issue. He’s begun a new drug specifically to address that issue. The hope is that the medicine will lessen his dependency on the vent and his lungs can then begin to heal.”

UPDATE: August 1

Mark Valentine, Phil’s brother shared on social media, “Phil has stabilized, kidney function is fine, HR & BP are good as well. Condition is critical but stable. Keep the prayers coming please!”

UPDATE: July 31

Mark Valentine, Phil’s brother, wrote on social media: “Phil had another good night last night. His condition is critical but stable. All of his vital signs are great and the vent is doing its job. We get more optimistic each day.”

UPDATE: July 30

Mark Valentine shared on social media, “Phil made it through the nite. He needs to be on an EKMO machine which is lung part of a heart/lung machine. We’re trying to get him to a hospital with that equipment via helicopter. The protocol requires he be able to be on his back for several hours which I didn’t think he could do…but he did! We’re checking bed availability now and if he is a candidate for transport. It ain’t over.”

UPDATE: July, 28, 5 pm

Supertalk 99.7 WTN shared, on social media, an update on the condition of radio talk show host Phil Valentine. The update comes via the Valentine Family. It states “Out of an abundance of caution, Phil has decided to be put on a ventilator to give his body much needed rest. We are confident that he will pull through & thank you for your continued prayers.”

Original story:

Local radio host Phil Valentine is currently hospitalized due to contracting COVID-19.

Supertalk 99.7 WTN shared a social media post stating, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Phil Valentine and his family, and we appreciate the support from YOU our WTN Family during this trying time. As the family provides updates we will share those with you.”

The radio station shared a statement from Mark Valentine on behalf of the Valentine family regarding Phil’s condition. It stated, “Phil contracted the Covid virus a little over a week ago & has since been hospitalized & is in very serious condition, suffering from Covid Pneumonia and the attendant side effects. He is in the hospital in the critical care unit breathing with assistance but is NOT on a ventilator. We’d ask that everyone please refrain from contacting him while he is in the hospital.”

“Phil would like for his listeners to know that while he has never been an ‘anti-vaxer’ he regrets not being more vehemently ‘Pro-Vaccine’, and looks forward to being able to more vigorously advocate that position as soon as he is back on the air, which we all hope will be soon. Phil & his family would like for all of you to know that he loves ya’ll and appreciates your concern, thoughts & prayers more than you will ever know. Please continue to pray for his recovery and PLEASE GO GET VACCINATED!”

Phil Valentine hosts a daily talk show “The Phil Valentine Show” on WTN from 3 pm – 7 pm.


  1. The majority of new cases of covid patients who get hospitalized were fully vaccinated. Therapeutics for prevention and for early treatment before it progresses into a life threatening condition that requires hospitalization are critical. You can listen to what Dr. Malone, developer of the technology of mRNA vaccines says about the data coming out of Israel today, and what the data shows here in the U.S. In fact it looks like the best immunity is enjoyed by those who have had COVID 19 and recovered.

    John Solomon’s interview with Dr. Malone today Monday, August 9 at Just the News is very informative. Highly recommend it.

    • John Solomon is a conspiracy theorist. Do some research on the kind of people that believe that nonsense.

      • Why people believe in this kind of nonsense is beyond me. I got both shots and would recommend everyone getting them I never have had COVID and I hope to NEVER get it.

    • Your perspective is complete fiction. Every reputable source says the exact opposite. Here’s just one example, and there are many, many more b


      Among the 4,300 COVID-19 patients admitted to Cleveland Clinic hospitals between Jan. 1 and April 13, 99.75% were not fully vaccinated.

      The study also looked at 47,000 Cleveland Clinic employees who had received one shot, two shots, or no shots. Among those, 1,991 tested positive for the coronavirus in recent months. About 99.7% of those who contracted COVID-19 weren’t vaccinated, and .3% were fully vaccinated.

    • The majority of new cases are among the unvaccinated. I don’t know where you heard otherwise. There are breakthrough cases with the Delta variant, but the majority of those cases won’t require hospitalization. Get the vaccine.

    • That’s complete BS
      – The overwhelming majority of Covid deaths and ICU patients are among unvaccinated
      – The number of cases per day has gone up 10x in 5 weeks!!
      – The therapeutic that keeps you from dying is called a vaccine
      – Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine do not prevent or cure Covid
      – Children are just starting to die, and soon we will see a wave of dead children
      – Delta is killing off health people in their 30’s
      – People who have Covid and recover have a far less durable immunity than from the vaccine

      And furthermore!
      – CO2 was below 300 for over 500,000 years
      – CO2 rose from 300 to 420 in the past 70 years
      – Climate change is going to cause a billion to starve to death
      – Climate change is going to cause food wars and erase governments
      – If the ocean circulators change it could make Europe and New York too cold to be livable and Florida too hot to be livable, and eventually bury Miami, Houston, New Orleans and NYC underwater.

    • I’d recommend watching a John Solomon interview to ANYONE and EVERYONE serving in the Tin Hat Brigade.

    • John Solomon. LOOOLL

      MARTHA!! Stop listening to GOP. Stop donating to them. Get vax’d before I see you crying on CNN and asking for prayers. And dont be like all these other GOP scum who set up GoFundMe’s just because they got COVID. These people get what they deserve.
      Your Vitamin C aint gonna cure it darling.

      The Truth

    • What nonsense. Where I live, the vaccination rate is about 31%. Our regional healthcare system posted these stats on August 14:

      Confirmed positive patients in our care: 192
      Percentage of those positive patients who are not vaccinated: 83%
      Average age of those positive patients: 60

    • This is complete nonsense. the vast majority of those requiring admission to hospital are the unvaccinated or those with incomplete vaccination. Sadly, the delta variant has moved down the chain toward children…. with deadly results. The mRNA doctor who was ‘involved’ in tech development is not a good choice of experts. He sounds like a disgruntled prom date…. didn’t get the credit he felt he deserved… and now is on a campaign of misinformation.

    • Martha, you sound as stupid as Phil valentine. He regretted not to have vaccinated soonerrrrrrrrrrrrr

  2. He’ll be sick the rest of his life, whether he lives til next Monday or lives to be 100. And don’t believe him – if you haven’t gotten the vaccine by now and have been able to, you are an anti-vaxxer. You’d think he’d know by now that lying about it doesn’t help anybody.

  3. Just the News. I took a look. I would say it’s a liiiiiiiiittle biased.

    I gave up on conspiracy theories 15 years ago and am better off for it.

  4. Just think: If these people had gotten a vaccine, the person who wrote this is working on the “Lost Dog” beat. Instead, they are writing about the hubris displayed by these people who, now, are laying on their death beds.

  5. Philly V spent over a year tellin people COVID was fake and that responsible people dont need a vax? Now this QAnon GOP selfish a$$ wants prayers?
    Hell awaits

    • You’re stupid. I listened to him quite often and he said none of those things. He said if you don’t have any underlying conditions and not elderly you’ll probably be ok. He spoke against the hysteria, not vaccines. He never said covid was fake. Everything he said was about the original strain. And he isn’t part of QANON. Get informed before you spread stupidity. Glad you don’t have covid because you’re good at spreading bad things.

      • I guess he’ll “probably be OK”
        His bleach and Vitamin C will carry him through.
        Anti Vax, Anti Mask. That was him. Whats worse….wearing 1 mask or sucking on 6 tubes and a shitty ventilator for a month?
        His act for a year was straight out of a QAnon playbook to brainwash more Tennessee folk with 5th grade educations

  6. Are we still prayin for this anti-vax GOP sheep?
    Dave Mandis you should be ashamed to be associated with this terrible person. Your employer should learn to hire some people with respect. All you people said COVID was fake now have your hands out wanting prayers. Go look elsewhere

  7. Yes, we will continue to pray for Phil Valentine, just as we would want prayer for ourselves in this situation. God speed on your journey to healing, PV!

    • If COVID is fake like Phil said why cant he just get up and walk out of the hospital. He doesn’t need a vaccine, surely he doesn’t need a ventilator. Go home and drink Vitamin C Phil. You’ll get better. Add some hydrochloroquine.

  8. August 15th Update:

    The hospital is not letting Phil Valentine get his freedoms. His COVID, his choice. If he chooses to go home and do Vitamin C treatment they should let him go. Clearly he doesn’t have COVID. Get this man freedom to choose to get of the ventilator and go home.

  9. August 16th update:

    It seems that the health care facilities are refusing to try bleach injections or shine a flashlight down Mr Valentines throat as President Trump once touted as treatments. I can’t believe they wont let this man go home and recover. He didn’t need a vax so he has natural immunity because he’s young and healthy. Amazing that his family isn’t fighting for his freedom and choice to go home

  10. Praying for you Phil. I’m sure by some of these ridiculously negative and sarcastic comments, you know you are needed in this world. Hoping only the best for you and your family.

    • Thanks Peg, lets all go pray for evil people who told people on a public platform for a year and a half that they don’t needs masks or vax.
      Tell me exactly the prayers you’re saying and what you’re saying?
      Join the QAnon GOP crowd with fake support then turn a blind eye when the unvax’d die

  11. “relatives asked his friends and followers to “pray for a miracle,””

    Hey genius, the MIRACLE was the vaccines that you mocked. Too bad no one held you down and made you get it huh?

  12. August 17th Update:

    Why are they not sending Phil home? He’s made it this far he’s fine. Are they not letting him make his choice to go with ivermectin since he was young and healthy and didn’t need a vaccine?? Is anybody gonna fight for his freedoms? I hope they aren’t making his family wear masks in the hospital when they go visit either.

  13. A tragic motivator for so many to finally get vaccinated. How many well-recognized people need to be near death for people to wake up? Every time I hear, “I don’t know anyone who has had it bad, so I’m not going to get the vaccine,” I think to myself…”Really? You WANT to see someone you know suffer to prove that getting the vaccine to save your life is a good idea?”

    Grateful thousands more have chosen to protect themselves and the community after witnessing someone they respect fall to this virus. It’s sad another family has to suffer, but perhaps there will be positive ripples.

    This highly contagious variant would not exist if we had all done our part 6 months ago. We would be mask-free and traveling without fear and back to “normal.” This will continue as long as there are host bodies to allow it to continue future mutations. How many years do we want to live like this?

    • As long as GOP has the podium like DeSantis and Abbott we will live like this. They would let their own mothers and kids die before they wore a mask or admitted COVID is real

  14. August 18th Update:

    Where is the GoFundMe for Phil? Isn’t that a standard ” Poor Me GOP” play?
    His family should not be askin for prayers. They should be embarrassed and ashamed by his actions and keeping their mouths shut. They aren’t even gettin Phil freedom to leave the hospital and get outside without a mask. Why doesn’t he get a choice to get off the ventilator?? Freedom being stolen here folks. Where are my protestors with the signs ” Set Phil Free”. “His body his choice”. He doesnt want to be in a hospital being as healthy as he is and all the Vitamin D checks he did. I’m just glad he got his freedoms being unvax’d. Hate to leave this earth without gettin freedoms in the greatest country in the world.

    • Jesus Christ! You are full of HATE. Too bad there isn’t a vaccine for that. Bless your heart, Lars.

      • Phil Valentine spread medical disinformation and was killed by his own arrogant ignorance. There is no telling how many of his fans were influenced to NOT get the vaccines because of it, and subsequently died. He mocked our best medical efforts, and the philanthropic effort to get people vaccinated.
        Phil deserves nothing but vitriol for the damage he did to society.

  15. August 19th Update:

    On July 28th we were told Philly V decided to go on a ventilator “out of abundance of Caution”.

    Hasn’t the Caution period passed 20 some days later? Shouldn’t he be given the choice to go home since he was born with natural immunity and didn’t need a vax? He’s fine. He said he had a doctor on call that could get him ivermectin. This hospital has taken away his freedom.

    We got the family asking for prayers after a year asking for no masks and no push to vax. Reaching for God only in time of need and being fake GOP Christians aint foolin anybody. There was never respect for the virus or other people at WTN, NOW they want prayers????

    Where one door closes, another Slams shut folks….

  16. Hey Lars, I’m alive and well, see you around. You’re the one with the fat fingers shoving the cannoli in your fat face at the restaurant right? OOOOPS!!!!!

    • Thanks Clayton.
      Dont forget to turn the A/C on in your trailer today before you fry some racoon. And send your gas station paycheck into Trump so his kids can spend it.
      Whts the new QAnon take over date?

  17. The updates from Supertalk WTN are just lovely.

    Would like the radio station to clearly outline their views and message to citizens of Tennessee now or anywhere for that matter.
    Is it still
    1) We don’t need masks in schools. Parents with 5th grade education are smarter than doctors.
    2) If you’re responsible you don’t need a vax
    3) Get your freedom and choose when you get to do the vax or go on a ventilator.

    All we get after a year and a half of the above statements is ” Hey guys, Phil is sick. Pray for a miracle. Send prayers.

    What’s the revised GOP stance after one and a half yrs WTN? Let’s hear it putting Phil’s family aside.

  18. Regarding the 8/20 update: Why does this man have haters? Maybe because his incredibly bad, misguided advice certainly influenced others not to get vaccinated and caused others to die from COVID.

    I don’t wish death on him but he rolled the dice with the Grim Reaper and came up snake eyes.

  19. August 21st Update:

    Could it even be possible that a horse dewormer doesnt work against COVID!!?? PHIL told everbody to make sure you have a doctor on call to prescribe this?

    WTN you owe some apologies. Put Phils condition aside. Apologize for continuously airing all this fake bullshit. Your producers should be axed. What a disgraceful company. The only prayers are that hopefully Tennessee folk didn’t listen to 1 word you guys said.

    Phil Valentine also said that he was “taking vitamin D like crazy” and had found a doctor who agreed to prescribe ivermectin, a drug primarily used to treat parasites in animals. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns against taking ivermectin for COVID-19, advising that it is not an anti-viral drug and can be dangerous. With regards to vitamin D, the National Institutes of Health says, “There is insufficient evidence to recommend either for or against the use of vitamin D for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19.”

  20. Perhaps they should do remote broadcasts from Phil’s ICU room. Since Phil is no longer physically able to convince people to get vaccinated maybe if folks could hear the sound of the ventilator four hours a day some might be convinced to get the shot(s).

    • Agreed Kevin. Remote broadcast detailing how much the Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Ivermectin, and Hydrochloroquine are helping Phil. Live stream it and give Phil the freedom to chime in and talk to us when he can. If the family were serious this is what they would do. But behind all the smoke and mirrors here they’re all stubborn dedicated GOP

      • I’m sure it was HIS choice to go off the vent via sign language or a written note. Clearly he wouldnt go out without getting freedom.

        For all you GOP QAnon: Never forget, the heart attack and paralysis were never given a chance. 110 radio stations around this country heard this guy’s horseshit for 1.5 yrs. Shame on you Westwood One Radio

        He had said of the vaccine, “I have a very low risk of A) Getting COVID and B) dying of it if I do. Why would I risk getting a heart attack or paralysis by getting the vaccine?” He also said at the time that he had been taking the anti-parasite medication ivermectin, which is meant for animals.

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