Best wishes go out to Don Lancer, whose big, golden voice on KYW Newsradio started the day for many of us over the years before he retired early last year.

In a posting on his blog, he says he's battling lung cancer:

"I am going to have to take some time off. I have been diagnosed with lung cancer and am undergoing chemotherapy. My doctors and I are hopeful that we can achieve remission. It's my own fault, 40 plus years of smoking ( We quit seven years ago) takes its toll. My wife Diane had lung cancer 5 years ago. she is fine now and watching over me. I don't want to burden you with all the details, suffice to say – pray for me if you can, if you're not the praying kind, please keep me in your thoughts and if you smoke – quit! If I feel well enough – I'll be posting from time to time – so check back!"

By phone, he told me that the doctors are hopeful they can get it into remission -- though he's bummed that he has to spend Christmas with a chemo treatment. (Same great voice and sense of humor.)