Best Cautionary Tale

Back in 2007, longtime 98 Rock radio personality Stash (aka Stephen G. Smith) fell down a flight of stairs in his home and suffered a serious skull fracture along with a brain contusion. He struggled for months to relearn how to walk and speak, and then struggled again in a detox ward to kick painkillers, and subsequently, in a segment on Channel 11, announced an end to his "rock and roll lifestyle." Stash made it back on the air, doing his afternoon shift and Baltimore Ravens gameday broadcasts, and it was as if he'd never left, so it was tremendously disappointing to learn he had been charged with DUI in connection with a three-car accident that injured five in Harford County. According to The Baltimore Sun's David Zurawik, Stash has "parted ways" with 98 Rock, and when asked to comment on his situation, Smith was quoted as saying, "They won't let me talk about it." "I signed something that says no discussion . . . In the blink of an eye, I ruined 24 years of great service and radio." Maybe there's a third chance out there. We'll see.

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