Popular bluegrass radio host and personality Dennis Jones has been hospitalized near his home in North Carolina. Serving as a regular host on WNCW’s Gospel Truth and Goin’ Across The Mountain broadcasts each week, he has developed a loyal fan base in western North Carolina and beyond through the station’s online streaming.
Known as a fierce protector of traditional bluegrass standards, Dennis is actually an aficionado of a wide variety of musical genres, something he has acquired over his long career in radio. He currently also serves as technical director for WNCW, part of the powerful NC public broadcasting system.
Slowed down by health issues since contracting polio as a boy, Jones has had more than his share of medical problems over his life. But his current problems seem to have both he and his doctors flummoxed. Listeners were concerned when they didn’t hear his voice on Saturday’s show, and it turns out he was getting a battery of tests to help discover the source of his gastrointestinal pain.
He posted earlier today on Facebook that he was getting IV fluids to prevent dehydration, and that he was in considerable discomfort.
That’s something you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy, and we at Bluegrass Today certainly hope to hear that Dennis is back on his feet and behind the microphone again soon.