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Longtime WCMH-TV (Channel 4) meteorologist Bob Nunnally announced on air Tuesday morning that he is battling cancer.
He had been missing from the morning broadcasts, and people had been "blowing up" his Facebook and Twitter wondering where he was, so he decided to let viewers know exactly what's been going on in a conversation with anchors Matt Barnes and Monica Day on the NBC4 Today show.
“I will tell you all that I have cancer and am going to be dealing with that in a pretty big way over the next, hopefully, month or so," said Nunnally, a staple at the station for almost 25 years. Prior to joining Channel 4, Nunnally spent 14 years hosting the 3-to-7 p.m. weekday show at Sunny 95 (94.7 FM).
"I’m not exactly sure how long the treatment is going to last. But I do have to have chemo to help fight this, and it looks good. My doctors say it looks good for me.”
Nunnally had taken some time off last summer to tend to some medical issues and while he returned, he said that may have been what led doctors to discover the cancer early.
Although he acknowledged that hearing a cancer diagnosis of any kind is scary, Nunnally said he has a positive outlook because the prognosis is good.
"I had some tests done, and because of those tests, Matt and Monica, we seem to have caught the cancer very, very early," he told his colleagues.
Nunnally did not disclose the type of cancer he was diagnosed with, but said will not be giving the weekday forecast as he undergoes chemotherapy to shrink the tumor and then, having surgery to remove it.
The meteorologist assured viewers he would be back on-air as soon as possible and that he's been grateful for all the well-wishes and concern he's received so far, especially because he's been in isolation due to these medical issues.
"I'm going to really appreciate any bit of support — anything people want to give me, pray for me, write me a nice note, say something in support," he said. "I will appreciate anything."
This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Bob Nunnally: NBC4 meteorologist has cancer, will remain off air