Tim Meacham will be back on the air Thursday to call the East-Heelan football game.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
After six years away from the microphone, one of Sioux City's most recognizable voices will be back on the air. Health problems forced Tim Meacham off the air but he'll call one of the biggest games of the season on Thursday.
Meacham has been in the radio business for over 30 years.
"I have a passion for broadcasting high school sports, Meacham says. "I had some health issues which forced me out of the ball game for a while."
A smoker for 38 years, Meacham ran into heart and kidney problems. With his heart only operating at about 10-percent usage, Tim was forced off the airwaves.
"My heart couldn't take it anymore," said Meacham. "I've been known to get a little excited on the air and just have a ball, doing what I do. But it hurt."
So he focused on getting healthy. Meacham has worn a left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, for three years to pump the blood through his body. He's dropped 80 pounds, and is now on the list for a heart transplant.
But in the meantime he's been given the green light to get back on the air, calling games for Catholic radio station KFHC starting with Thursday's East-Heelan football game.
"What a great way to start the season off, East-Heelan. That's all you need to say, really, is East-Heelan, and people automatically think football."
Tim's called hundreds of games in his life but returning to the radio will be a new step in his career.
"I don't know what the first thing's going to be out of my mouth when Thursday night comes, and it's 7 o'clock for the pre-game show. I don't know what I'm going to say at first. But yes, I feel the nerves right now."
But when people hear Meacham's familiar catchphrase on KFHC, they'll be hearing the same old Tim Meacham.
"I guess the main thing that I would want the listeners to take away from the first game, is very simply, that was fun to listen to."
Meacham hopes to have his heart transplant done in the next year.
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