KMPH (Channel 26.1) morning anchor Kopi Sotiropulos returned to work this morning on a limited basis. He’s been away from the local Fox affiliate since mid-September after doctors found nodules on one of his vocal cords. The local newsman went through a four-hour procedure at the UCLA Medical School on. Sept. 21 done by the team was the same that helped Celine Dion when she had a similar problem.
“I didn’t talk for three weeks. That was hard,” a still raspy sounding Kopi Sotiropulos says. “They told me that people who use their voices a lot — like singers — can get these nodules.”
He first noticed the voice problem when it became hard to finish the station’s five-hour morning program without having throat problems.
Because the nodules weren’t cancerous, Sotiropulos has been recovering through a limited use of his voice and some changes in his diet. The one thing he stresses is that while the vocal problem had to be addresses and he appreciates all of the kindness that’s been shown to him since the procedure, he doesn’t want anyone to think that he’s looking at what he went through as a “woe-is-me” situation. Sotiropulos says that there are a lot of people dealing with far more serious problems that what he faced.
Station management is allowing Sotiropulos to set his own work schedule. He hopes to be fully recovered by early next year. Since it was the same doctors who help Dion, that means the career of the personable local newscaster will be able to go on and on.