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98.5 The Sports Hub’s Fred Toucher to Have Throat Surgery

Fred Toucher – co-host of the “Toucher & Rich” morning drive show on Beasley Media Group’s sports talk WBZ-FM, Boston “98.5 The Sports Hub” – says he’ll be having surgery on his throat and thanks a listener for connecting him with the doctor that will do the procedure. Toucher has missed time on the air recently due to a persistent throat problem that’s affected his voice. Other doctors have not been able to pinpoint the problem. Yesterday (4/10), his on-air partner Rich Shertenlieb read a statement from Toucher on the program that read: “My voice has been messed up for a long time. I had been going to doctors and they didn’t seem overly concerned. However, a listener heard me and put me in touch with a doctor he works with. I went and things didn’t go great. He found some things in my throat that concerned him. He told me not to worry because he could fix all of it. Not to sound dramatic but it is possible a listener saved my life by setting up that appointment.” Toucher also said via social media that he plans to be back but is under a “no talking” order from the doctor and adds, “To that, I am grateful, even though the doctor doesn’t take insurance. Between this and my divorce, I’m f—ed financially! Sorry kids – Christmas is going to look a lot different this year.”