For Rantel, another leave

From a Times staff writer

After being off the air at KABC-AM (790) for more than four months this year to undergo treatment for lymphoma, veteran talk-show host Al Rantel is sidelined again -- this time for a fall in which he fractured his hip and shoulder.

“I am working through this situation with the support of my doctors at Cedars-Sinai,” Rantel said in a statement released by the station. He said he expects to return to work “after a few weeks of recovery.”

Rantel is heard weekdays from 11 to 11:45 a.m. and from 7 to 10 p.m. In his absence, Curtis Sliwa will host the morning shift and John Phillips will fill in at night, KABC said.