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Frankie Day optimistic after suffering stroke

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Friday, Jan. 6, 2012

Frankie Day is "keeping the oldies alive" on WKFB-AM 770 and FM 97.5.

Day, aka Frank W. Dittig, 71, now is facing decisions about keeping himself alive after a minor stroke put him in an area hospital through Christmas, though a doctor's examination last week produced positive results.

"He said I'm doing terrific, that I dodged a bullet," the North Versailles Township entrepreneur said after a follow-up to his recent stay at Forbes Regional Hospital. He admitted himself there Dec. 23 and stayed for a week.

"Forbes Hospital was absolutely sensational," Dittig said at his other day job, no pun intended, as owner of D&D Office Plus in North Versailles. "They gave me excellent care there."

He has another doctor's appointment Jan. 25.

"I feel God has been with me," Dittig said. "I do have a couple of other problems that need to be addressed."

He had an asthma scare two years ago. He has a lesion on his kidney, which was deemed negative in a test this week, and a kidney stone. Surprisingly, the stone did not cause him any pain.

"They took an X-ray," Dittig said. "(The nurse) said, (tilde)You must be in tremendous pain.' I never passed blood or was in any pain whatsoever."

Dittig planned shows for three months at NVT-based WKFB and the Sounds of Philly website, but said Wednesday he already has done some limited live airtime.

"I'm still taking it easy," he said. "I was on the air live for an hour (Wednesday)."

He planned to gradually increase his live airtime, but also has shows planned out through March.

"That's how organized a person I am," Dittig said. "I talked to (WKFB owner) Bob Stevens. I let him know how I felt."

Dittig does "Morning Memories" weekdays from 7-10:30 a.m. with North Huntingdon Township disc jockey Glenn Raymer.

"I miss him," Raymer said. "When he's here there's a lot of energy. He never sits down."

Raymer has others working with him, including Joe Haver, Mick Olasin, Rob Ladaker and West Newton Mayor Mary Popovich.

"She also is a professor at (California University of Pennsylvania)," Raymer said. "She comes in, answers the phone and co-hosts the show."

The Dittig stable also has Big Ray Edwards from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays and on Saturdays Caveman Ralph from 7-9 a.m. and Suzie Q from 9-noon.

Day also is on AM 770 weekdays 1-4 p.m., Saturdays with Dale Jonez from noon-AM sign-off and Sundays from 9-11 a.m. and 3 p.m.-AM sign-off.

Recorded Day shows will be on from 7-9 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. Fans can reach Dittig at AM 770, or the Frankie Day Facebook page.

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