Fox 32’s McPherrin recovering from heart surgery

Corey McPherrin

Corey McPherrin, host of WFLD-Channel 32’s “Good Day Chicago,” is expected to be off the Fox-owned station’s morning show for at least six weeks while recovering from open heart surgery to correct a lifelong ailment.

“I’m feeling better than I expected,” the longtime Chicago news and sports anchor tweeted Friday. “The Good Lord delivers again!!”

McPherrin, 62, underwent surgery last Tuesday to replace an aortic valve and part of his aorta that had become enlarged. He reportedly told friends he was born with a faulty valve or developed it early in life, and had been monitoring his condition for decades. The time to fix it was now, he told them.

The south suburban Markham native has been a fixture in Chicago broadcasting since 1991, when he joined CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2 as sports anchor. In 1995 he shifted to Fox 32, first as sports anchor and since 2010 as host of “Good Day Chicago.” The show airs from 4 to 10 a.m. weekdays.