Sullivan Exiting WBZ Evenings
June 21, 2007 at 5:46 AM (PT)
CBS News/Talk WBZ-A/BOSTON talker PAUL SULLIVAN will exit the station's evening slot next week.
SULLIVAN, who has been battling stage 4 melanoma, sent an open letter to his colleagues at WBZ saying, "After a two-and-one-half-year personal battle against cancer, including four brain surgeries, it’s become clear to me that it’s unfair of me to ask my support group, my wife MARY-JO, my family, my friends, my WBZ colleagues, to continue to bear this burden. The toll my surgeries and treatments have taken on me makes it unlikely that I will ever have the energy to return to a four-hour daily talk radio program.
"This decision is not based on any one medical fact or the latest update of my condition. The fact is that WBZ deserves the best team on the field, and as of this moment with my condition I would not be the best teammate to take the field.
"However, I’d like to contribute to WBZ in some fashion with either commentaries, or writing for the station’s website, or take part in the station’s political coverage."
SULLIVAN said, "On a day to day basis I feel fine. I am up and alert and going out for lunches and walks when I can. I don’t need constant care but what my illness and treatments have taken from me is the energy needed to do my show five nights a week." He said he will do a last regular show next week.