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JONESBORO, Ark. – Few things can keep Michael Steele away from a microphone but a heart attack almost ended his radio career, and more, on Monday.
The host of the 95.9 The Wolf morning show had just finished up his show and decided to go home. It started out with him not feeling well. Before long, he was being rushed to the hospital. Steele suffered what he called a “widow maker” – a “bad” heart attack with full blockage – on Monday. Fortunately, Steele told NEA Report he made it to St. Bernard’s Emergency Department in a hurry and they were able to save his life.
As of Wednesday morning, Steele was still waiting to go home but he said he is okay, now.
On Monday, many at East Arkansas Broadcasters weren’t so certain and emotions were running high. Brandon Baxter is the operations manager for the radio group that includes The Wolf, KISS FM, KBTM, KNEA, The Buzz 94.1, and his morning radio show home, KFIN 107.9. He’s also been friends with Michael Steele for over 20 years, calling him the life of the party and a larger than life character. He learned of the news after Steele had gone home following the morning show.
“It shocked me to hear that he was rushed to the hospital with heart issues,” Brandon said. “I thought Michael Steele was a man of steel. I see him every morning, I expect him to be at work, and I expect him to be laughing. It’s like he’s part of my daily routine. Something I have probably taken for granted. This situation has reminded me of just how fragile life can be. Tomorrow isn’t promised for any of us; we need to enjoy the people in our lives today. I’m so happy to know that Michael is recovering at home and doing well. I can’t wait to welcome him back to work.”
Fortunately for Brandon and others, they will soon get a chance to see and hear Steele back at work.
And Steele himself also had a special message for his morning radio fans:
“I miss being with them in the morning,” Steele said. “And will be back ASAP!”