Jim Vicevich health update – Sound Off Connecticut schedule, and thank you! Update tomorrow!

UPDATE (Jim): I am putting this at the top but I should have some definitive information on health and return tomorrow, with final word coming Wednesday. Thank you all for your prayers. They are working. Check back tomorrow evening. And God Bless you all.

Update: Jim returns to the air on Monday, Jan. 25.

In this post you’ll find and update on Jim’s condition as we are able to post it. WTIC and CBS Radio have been very supportive, and let him know he is an important part of the team and they want him to come back healthy. We will keep this post updated and “bump” it up to the top position as necessary.

Scroll down for updates. Jim and I (Steve) will be updating this post during the next few days to avoid having multiple posts that may confuse listeners and readers. We may occasionally change the published date on this post to “force” it up to the top of the Featured or News, Media and Other Events category. That should provide those of you who are registered for our RSS feed to see the post has been updated.

Jan. 9
From the iPhone so I will make this quick. By now many of you have figured out this has been more than taking a couple days off for my health. My disease flared suddenly and pretty brutally and early yesterday morning I was admitted to the hospital. Under great care. The attending physician is a good friend of mine.

Bottom line here is I won’t be back on air for a bit longer. Don’t have the strength to assemble the show or the acuity to run it either.

A couple points. I want to thank Steve for keeping the blog going. He’s the point person on my illness so if you questions he probably has the answers. We have talked each night I’ve been here. I also want to thank the SOS for her continued blogging on health care and the law. It finally gives the substance.

I do want to thank you for the e-mails. They meant so much to me and I and my Docs agree they seem to be helping me heal. So thank you, and I will keep you all in touch.

Jan. 11
Jim was released from the hospital earlier today after consulting with physicians. He’s back home, resting and feeling better after a full three days at the hospital. Since this is pretty public for Jim, he wants everyone to know how serious his situation was during last week. It’s important for listeners and readers to know the autoimmune disease Jim has – most likely Lupus – is very serious and there is no cure, but it can be managed and that is the next step for Jim and his doctors to work out. Unfortunately, this was not a “take a few days off and rest up” type of situation.

Jim has spoke with the management of WTIC and CBS Radio and they have been very supportive. Jim will be taking a leave of absence he hopes will be short, but his physicians have basically demanded he take time off and put his efforts into getting well under their direct care.

Ray Dunaway has been a great friend to Jim and very supportive. He’s been on the air the past few weekdays – when he can – to substitute for Jim. From what we understand, the tentative plan is to have Ray fill in for Jim from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET, and have a playback from Sean Hannity’s show between 10 a.m. and noon ET. Details should be released on the WTIC site soon.

One other thing. We understand that many listeners are asking WTIC management what will happen to the show. For now, everyone is taking it day-by-day. Instead of contacting them, your best bet will be to check WTIC or this site for updates. When there is information to be released, it will be released online.

You can continue to send e-mails to Jim through our Contact Us page.

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Jim Vicevich

Jim is a veteran broadcaster and conservative/libertarian blogger with more than 25 years experience in TV and radio. Jim's was the long-term host of The Jim Vicevich Show on WTIC 1080 in Hartford from 2004 through 2019. Prior to radio, Jim worked as a business and financial reporter for NBC30 - the NBC owned TV station in Hartford - and as business editor at WFSB-TV in Hartford for 14 years while earning six Emmy nominations and three Telly Awards.


  1. sammy22 on January 9, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Get well,  you're in my prayers.

  2. lyndaR on January 9, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Dear Jimmy;lease get well soon we need u as much as we need Rush and all the conservatives that are brave enough to spread the truth….We are praying for you and will continue to do so!  Lots of Love Lynda and family

  3. donh on January 9, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Again Jim Ted Kennedy's Senate seat has a shot  to be filled by a young handsome JFK looking republican Col. Don't bust yourself to get back in the battle Jim ,  but this is an all hands on deck win one for the gipper moment !

  4. Kathleen on January 9, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Thoughts and prayers to you.  AM

  5. Anne-EH on January 9, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Jim, THANK-YOU for this update as ALWAYS, my prayers and loving support for you. Get well Jim and GOD BLESS. PEACE. (((((((( EXTRA, Extra Gentle Hugs To Jim )))))))). 🙂 =^..^=

  6. Diana on January 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Jim, I've been listening to you for about 6 months.  Thanks to you I now have the facts about our government and don't have to search around for someone who can simply tell the truth.  Love SOS and thank you for all your efforts.   Autoimmune disorders can be a battle.  May I ask what what you are fighting?  I'm sure you are getting the best of care.  Blessings to you, Diana

  7. tom on January 9, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Get good n well, Jim. The rest can wait. You're in our prayers.

  8. Sal C on January 9, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Take care of yourself and get well .Keeping you in prayers.God bless

  9. Dimsdale on January 9, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Nuthin' can stop Jimmy Vicegrips!  😉  Hurry up and get well!  Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  10. Linda Mae on January 9, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    So glad you are in good hands.  We have the best medical care in the world.  Listen to your doctors and don't rush.  We need you well – so take time off so that you can return to inform, entertain and persuade us.  🙂

  11. stevenfromwtby on January 10, 2010 at 5:59 am

    James I hope you feel better, I will say a prayer for you in church today.  if you need me to sit in for you let me know lol, don't rush get better and we miss you!!!!!

  12. pjmarz on January 10, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Hey Mr. V,  wishing for your quick recovery and return to the show. Just ain't the same without you.



  13. gillie28 on January 10, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Be well, Jim. 

  14. Bakershollow on January 10, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Just remember Sonya, when you are feeling at your worst. Hers is a spirit that won't give up. You are in our thoughts and prayer's, and a candle burns for you in our parish.

    If will-power and the effort you put into your show  alone could make you well, you'ld be back in a flash. But we all know that it takes more than that. We are swimming around in a sea of murky waters without you; so hurry back.

  15. Pastor Phil on January 10, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Jim get well very soon, but take the time you need to heal, You and all those who are keeping the home fires burning are in prayers. God bless you Jim

  16. Darlene on January 10, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Jim, focus on getting better … the politics will be here when you come back and so will your listeners.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.  God Bless!  DarleneE

  17. Jeff S on January 10, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Get well Jim, we will be here when you get back.

  18. hwhat on January 10, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Hi Jim, wishing you peace , love and joy. You are a great American and more importantly, a great human being. Thanks for all you do. You are in my prayers.

  19. GaryInSoGlast on January 11, 2010 at 5:37 am

    I know I'll just be one of thousands wishing you well, but I'll add my voice anyway.  Please take your time and get well.  The fight is far from over and we need our general on the battlefield.

    Thanks, Jim, and God bless.

  20. Trawlerowner on January 11, 2010 at 5:39 am

    Good Morning Jim,

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you. Take your time healing …the show will go on with the help of your many friends. God Bless you & love to your family as well as they also deal with this terrible illness with you.

  21. Tim-in-Alabama on January 11, 2010 at 5:53 am


    Hope you get well soon.

  22. Uconnjim on January 11, 2010 at 6:38 am


    Praying for you and hope you're back to your ole self soon.  We need you, sir.


  23. Anne-EH on January 11, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Jim, just want to let you know I did past along an update in regards to your illness and a thank-you to the Free Republic community for their prayers. Here is the URL:
    God Bless And PEACE,

    Anne-EH :)=^..^= (((((((( EXTRA, Extra Gentle Hugs ))))))))

  24. Dodie on January 11, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Jim – As a long time listener I feel you are a friend.   Like so many others I pray that you will get better.   I am happy for the support you are receiving from Ray and the station.   Take care and may your major concern be regaining your health – we will be waiting for your return to the radio – once you are well enough.   God bless and help you.

  25. fifer1812 on January 11, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Jim,  I have had a 13yrs journey w/ Crohn's Disease.  Those of us who have auto-immune disease we are surviors!  It just got me ready for a battle w/ luekemia, yes, a 3 yr bone marrow transplant survior!  Remember, you have a chronic condition, don't use the word disease, it mentally beats you down to think that you are sick.  Yes, it is managable, become a pain in it's ass not in yours.  May God Bless & keep you and May God help you recover quickly!

    • Anne-EH on January 12, 2010 at 5:02 am

      Thank-you for making my day with your wonderful message friend. 🙂

  26. Lazybum on January 11, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Jim- Take care of yourself first, the rest of us will continue on in the fight for what is right. Looking forward to your improved health and continued Radio Excellence.

    To TIC and the CBS Radio people- your loyalty to US through your Loyalty and Compassion with Jim V will reap large rewards for all!

  27. Pastor Phil on January 12, 2010 at 3:10 am

    Good morning Jim, Very glad to see you out of the hospital. We are all praying for you.

  28. donh on January 12, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Jim…take some of this medicine….Scott brown telling Bohemian Grover David Gergen in debate that its NOT   Ted Kennedy's Seat ….It's the people's seat !

  29. Anne-EH on January 12, 2010 at 4:58 am

    Good Morning Jim:

    Had read the update to the update and I am HAPPY that you are HOME. Will continue to keep you Jim in my prayers as you rest up and heal. With love and support as a sister in the Lord.

    God Bless You And PEACE,

    Anne Marie

    (((((((( EXTRA, EXTRA, Gentle Hugs To Jim )))))))) :)=^..^=

  30. OkieJim on January 12, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Best wishes, Jim. We need you back here, but not at the expense of your health. Rest up. Take good care. I look forward to listening to you soon.

  31. MsCoylie on January 12, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Hi Jim,

    Good luck,

    I hope you feel better soon.

  32. Trawlerowner on January 14, 2010 at 6:19 am

    Good Morning Jim,

    So glad to hear that you are back home. A good sign. But…don't rush things. Healing takes a long time sometimes. We are very grateful to WTIC & CBS radio for the support that they are giving to you..speaks very highly of that company.  God Bless you & your family.

  33. Betsy on January 14, 2010 at 8:33 am

    John and I send our thoughts and prayers to you Jim as you fight this autoimmune disorder.

    We know that with your will and fight you will win this battle and be back on the air soon.

    Take good care.  We miss you.


  34. julianscottmorris on January 14, 2010 at 4:37 pm


    Take the time and get yourself better my friend…I know that everyone awaits your healthy return to WTIC.  The a.m. and the AM won't be the same until you do. Thanks Scott

    • lyndaR on January 17, 2010 at 6:43 am

      Hi Jim…I am praying you will be stronger very soon and will be back in the saddle so we can get our daily dose of optimism from you…Get Better and God Bless You Lynda R et famille

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