By Associated Press - Thursday, October 15, 2020

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The host of a highly-rated radio talk show in North Dakota announced on air Thursday morning he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Joel Heitkamp, 58, is the longtime voice of News and Views on KFGO radio in Fargo. He told listeners he began to show symptoms of the coronavirus last weekend. He said he’s lost his sense of taste and smell and is experiencing body aches.

Heitkamp said he is in self-quarantine and won’t leave home or return to work until he is cleared.

“I am in a part of the process where it’s certainly after talking with people in the medical field, it certainly looks as though I’m going to be one of the lucky ones in terms of how this has infected me, in terms of how I’m going to feel throughout this process, not going to feel good, not going to feel great,” Heitkamp said Thursday while doing his show remotely.

Heitkamp also serves as operations manager for KFGO and 740 The Fan. His sister, Heidi Heitkamp, is a former U.S. senator from North Dakota.

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