Jeff Charles has undergone three major operations and months of chemotherapy, but Wednesday night "The Voice of the Pirates" returned to the airwaves for the first since he was diagnosed with colon cancer just two months ago.
After missing most of ECU's basketball season for cancer treatments, Charles was eager to get back behind the mic. As ready as Charles was, the fans were even more excited to have him back in action.
Charles said, "I feel like I'm back home. You have to understand I've been doing this for 25 years at East Carolina. Minges Coliseum, Williams Arena is almost like my second home."
Fans like Staton Knight were glad to see Charles back. "It's great, It's great. He means a lot to ECU. It's good to have him back, hopefully he'll recover fully."
Charles says he had Wednesday's game against U.A.B. targeted as his return date for over a month. Charles said, "I set that as a goal and I think when you go through things like this you have to set little goals for yourself and keep yourself motivated."
Charles says he's got a long way to go, but credits a lot of his progress to the Pirate Nation. "I'm trying to get back to every single person, and I will do that. But again the support has been wonderful, and I really think that's one of the reasons I'm standing here tonight."
Charles says he won't broadcast ECU's three remaining road games, just the three home ones they have left.
He says he still has 22 weeks of chemotherapy and another surgery scheduled in August.