Matt Pinfield, former host of MTV’s “120 Minutes,” announced this week that he is taking a break from his morning hosting duties on New York’s 101.9 RXP rock radio station in order to enter rehab.
“I have been struggling with a dependency that I need to address, and so I will be voluntarily suspending my involvement on the 101.9 RXP morning show until I have completed the healing process,” Pinfield wrote on his blog.
Pinfield, 42, began his career as a well-respected college-radio and club DJ in the mid-1980s, working his way up to a gig hosting the alternative video show “120 Minutes” in 1995. He then hosted a series of shows on the network, including “Pinfield Presents,” “Rocks Off,” “Mattrock,” “Say What” and “MTV Live.” He left MTV in 1999 to co-host and co-write the live music show “FarmClub.com.” In 2001, Pinfield took an A&R position at Columbia Records, where he helped sign Coheed & Cambria and Crossfade.
Over the past few years, Pinfeld has hosted a series of TV gigs for HDNet and VH1 and a show on the Sirius Satellite Radio network. He also appeared in a number of episodes of the Nickelodeon program “The Naked Brothers Band.” He took over the morning drive time gig on WRXP a year ago.
“After a few recent slips from my path to health I feel it important to proactively address these slips to ensure that my life continues its positive momentum,” Pinfield said on his blog, not explaining what substance he is struggling with. “I am so thankful to my family, friends, fans and co-workers here at 101.9 RXP who have provided me with such a deep support system, and I want my fans to know that I am well and hope to return and continue what I have started here at RXP.”
A spokesperson for the station could not be reached for comment at press time.