ESPN Radio’s John Kincade, host of “The JK Show,” in his Atlanta-area home studio.
(Photo courtesy John Kincade)
When John Kincade flips on his microphones weekdays to talk sports on local Atlanta radio and Sundays for his national show on ESPN Radio, he’s convinced that he’s got the best job in the world.
But the former Philadelphia business consultant might never have pursued his passion to become a sports talk radio host were it not for two bouts with cancer.
In 1995, Kincade was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma. Shortly after enduring treatments to put the lymphoma in check, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Kincade’s successful battles against both illnesses helped put his life into perspective and fueled a midlife career change. The Temple graduate has been an Atlanta sports talk show host since 2000. Sundays on ESPN Radio (7-10 a.m. ET), he broadcasts The JK Show out of his home studio in the Atlanta area, which he’s done since 2006.
In addition, Kincade works to support V Foundation efforts to fight cancer.
“I’m 13 years clean, a lucky 13,” Kincade said regarding the remission period from his last bout with cancer. “I didn’t know I’d see today. I didn’t know I’d see my own show on ESPN, have a wife, be a dad. They seemed like pipe dreams in my darkest hours.”
As Jimmy V Week (Nov. 27-Dec. 4) unfolds across all ESPN platforms, Front Row asked Kincade to share his unique perspectives.
As a two-time cancer survivor, what does Jimmy V Week mean to you?
It’s all about Jim’s message: ‘Don’t ever give up.’ It’s a message of hope. . . If you don’t have the right game plan, you’re not going to succeed. Do all the things you’re told to do. Stay positive.
When I look back at it, I had at one point a 40 percent of seeing Christmas. Thankfully, I had one doc say to me, ‘Were you in top 40 percent of your college graduating class? Were you in the top 40 percent of income for guys in your age bracket? Then why would you not think you would be in the top 40 percent here?’
We need supportive organizations like the V Foundation. They bolster you up in days when you feel like curling up in a ball. The second time I was diagnosed, I felt like my life was pretty much over. But something in me helped me, and thankfully I got a lot of support and that bolstered me.
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