101.9 RXP's Pinfield Takes Leave To Fight Dependency
May 1, 2009 at 5:14 AM (PT)
EMMIS AAA WRXP/NEW YORK morning man MATT PINFIELD announced FRIDAY that he is taking leave from the station to concentrate on battling an undisclosed dependency. The station, which has voiced its support for PINFIELD in the matter, is airing PSAs about substance abuse to build awareness of the issue throughout the next month.
PINFIELD's message to listeners read, "I have been struggling with a dependency that I need to address, and so I will be voluntarily suspending my involvement on the 101.9 RXP morning show until I have completed the healing process. After a few recent slips from my path to health I feel it important to proactively address these slips to ensure that my life continues its positive momentum. I am so thankful to my family, friends, fans and co-workers here at 101.9 RXP who have provided me with such a deep support system and I want my fans to know that I am well and hope to return and continue what I have started here at RXP."
"MATT is an incredibly talented individual who is facing a challenging struggle," said EMMIS VP and Market Manager ALEX CAMERON. "I greatly respect his decision and courage to share this honestly and openly. MATT is beloved by EMMIS employees and RXP fans alike. We are rooting for him on his road to recovery and believe with the right support, focus and commitment he can win this battle. The number one priority to me, to EMMIS and for MATT right now is his health. He has been a big part of the RXP family and our caring and concern for his welfare will follow him."
LESLIE FRAM and producer MATT IANNI will handle mornings with special guests while PINFIELD is in treatment.