Son Rise Morning Show Host Matt Swaim Leaves Program
In a surprise move Friday, Son Rise Morning Show host Matt Swaim resigned from the program he helped launch as producer in 2007. Then a two-hour local radio program hosted by former WCPO anchor Brian Patrick, the drive-time show combining prayers, daily Mass readings, and interviews with local and national guests, soon expanded to three hours and, by the second year, was broadcast for two hours each day by the EWTN Radio Network.
Swain has hosted the program broadcasting from Sacred Heart Radio’s studios at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood (OH) with the station’s News Director, Anna Mitchell, since Patrick’s departure to return to television news with EWTN in 2013.
“… after much prayerful discernment,” Swaim wrote in a letter he posted on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag “notAprilFools,” “I hereby announce my resignation…
“I had the best job in the world, working alongside the best people in the world, for some eleven years. Please pray for me, that moving forward, God will continue to clear paths for me, and pray that God will continue to bless the ongoing mission of Sacred Heart Radio, the best local Catholic radio station the world has ever known.”
The announcement came just hours after the morning show finished its week-long coverage of the death of Mother Angelica, foundress of EWTN, and days after the station’s spring fund drive exceeded its goal of $50,000.
Within minutes, fan responses began pouring in to the show’s Facebook page, most offering prayers as well as expressing dismay. “Wow. Mornings will not be the same. Thank you for all you’ve given us listeners,” one listener wrote.”You’ve taught me so very much, and entertained me along the way. For all that lies ahead of you, I wish you much success and happiness. Truly, thank you for all you’ve given. AMDG”
“Oh Matt you will be missed!” another wrote. “You were a friendly voice when this Protestant girl was making her tentative way toward the Church. God bless you as you move on!”
And another, “May God bless you and keep you Matt Swaim, and grant you his peace. I will be praying for you. I will miss you and especially your prayers that started each show. Praying Anna will pick up the reins.”
Swaim, who lives in Cincinnati with his wife and son, has not announced future plans. But Anna Mitchell will indeed pick up the reins at the Son Rise Morning Show next week.
“Matt hasn’t been just a co-worker, but a brother and a dear friend,” she said Friday. “I am not able to adequately express how much I’m going to miss him every morning. But I do believe that God’s hand is in this, and the Son Rise Morning Show will persevere. Please keep all of us in your prayers as we transition and move forward.”
Station Manager Bill Levitt said he hopes to be able to make an announcement about a replacement soon. Radio and television hosts change, he said, but the program’s history and staff have been blessed.
“When Brian Patrick began as host of the Son Rise Morning Show, people told him his career was over,” he said. “He had been in local news — and within a year he was broadcasting nationally. Given our history, we can be assured that the Lord has great things in store for the program. And the Lord has great things in store for Matt.”
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