Obituaries: Ron Smith: 1941 – 2011

It is with heavy hearts that 1090AM WBAL Radio announces that veteran broadcaster, Ron Smith has passed away. Ron recently announced that he has been battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He died at his home in Shrewsbury late Monday night, surrounded by his wife June and the rest of his family. Funeral services will be private. A public memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Ron began his career in radio & television in Albany, New York, and arrived in Baltimore in 1973, where he worked for WBAL TV-11. In 1984, he began working at WBAL Radio and continued through November 28th of this year when announced his retirement, due to his illness.

Since the disclosure of his illness, listeners have been following Ron’s medical updates through, and even able to submit and share their thoughts with Ron & his family. True to form, Ron has always been forthright and honest about his prognosis, even going on the air to tell listeners of his decision to not follow through with chemotherapy treatment. “After consultation among all of those involved, it was determined that additional chemotherapy was a futile way to go. There isn’t going to be any miracle. I’m ok with that”.

Ron (The Voice of Reason), along with his wife, June (Mrs. Reason) decided that they way that they wish to battle Pancreatic Cancer is by raising awareness & funds for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Team Reason by created by friends of Ron Smith and has been adopted by Ron and his wife as a way to generate funds for Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Research Center. Purple & blue bumper stickers have been seen all over the state as a sign of support. More information on Team Reason can be found at

When describing Ron and his legacy, it can best be summed up by a comment left on the Team Reason page left by a loyal listener. “I loved the way you challenged the listener, and always treated folks with civility and respect. Baltimore Radio is losing one of the best”.

Ron is survived by his wife, June along with 5 children and 7 grandchildren.

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