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KABC's Rantel has lymphoma

January 25, 2008|From a Times staff writer

Veteran talk show host Al Rantel, who has been absent from KABC-AM (790) since Jan. 14, has been diagnosed with what he describes as "a highly treatable form of lymphoma."

In a statement released by the station Wednesday evening, Rantel said that he has started chemotherapy and that his prognosis was "excellent." He said he was looking forward "to returning to the air as soon as possible."

Until then, his 11 to 11:45 a.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. weekday slots will continue to be filled by Kevin Wall, Tammy Bruce and John Phillips, a KABC spokeswoman said.

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