Ron Smith Announces Retirement From WBAL Airwaves

… Broadcaster says he is in home hospice …

By David Zurawik

The Baltimore Sun

9:06 AM EST, November 28, 2011

Veteran WBAL radio host Ron Smith announced on-air Monday that he is in home hospice and will no longer appear on air.

“The decision has been made by me to stop appearing on the radio show,” Smith said just before the start of his show, which begins at 9 a.m.

“I’m retiring,” Smith continued. “I basically can no longer do it. I’m getting weaker every day, and it’s time to pull the plug. How’s that for succinct?”

Smith was talking on-air to morning show host Dave Durian, and in answer to a statement by Durian about Smith’s feelings, the 69-year-old broadcaster said he “never wanted to retire.” But the Stage Four pancreatic cancer that has spread through his body makes it impossible to go on the air any longer.

“I’ve had many blessings. I’m very appreciative to thousands of people who have reached out to me since the announcement of my illness,” Smith said. “But I’m now in hospice care at home… I’m just not up to it. So you have to face that kind of thing. Basically, the curtain is coming down right now. I’m bidding everyone a very fond farewell.”

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