Jim Price discusses oral chemo during broadcast

DETROIT – Jim Price, the radio analyst for Detroit Tigers games made a brief statement on the broadcast of Saturday night’s game with the Cleveland Indians to address letters he has received from fans in regard to him “smacking lips” at times on the air.

“I’m on oral chemo with some other drugs,” Price, 71, told listeners on WXYT-FM (97.1) and WXYT-AM (1270) during the second inning. He noted that the medications cause him to have problems with a dry mouth.

Price, a former Tigers catcher in his 15th season on the club’s radio broadcasts, told listeners that he’s “clean” after a second bout with cancer. However, he is continuing with medication.

“Bless the doctors,” Price said, before dropping the topic and returning game analysis.

Price had his left kidney removed in November 2009 after a cancerous tumor was discovered in it, and had his adrenal glands removed in January 2012. He missed five broadcasts last season in April with an infection attributed to a weak immune system.

Price is a popular figure in town, and earlier this month held a “Dancing with the Stars” benefit at Joe Louis Arena for Jack’s Place for Autism. Price’s son, Jack, has autism and the non-profit foundation raises money to assist families affected by autism. Tigers infielder Ramon Santiago won the competition, and outfielder Andy Dirks also participated. Outfielder Torii Hunter emceed the event along with WDIV-TV sports anchor Bernie Smilovitz.