UPDATED Monday, December 16, 2013 --- 12:40 p.m.
From our news partner, WITI in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Running errands is simply a part of most people’s everyday lives, but when doing just that leads to an incident that threatens your career or even your life — how would you feel? A familiar voice in Milwaukee sports has an unexpected answer. FOX6′s Tim Van Vooren sits down with ESPN 540 radio host Steve “The Homer” True after a serious crash that could have taken his life.
59-year-old True was seriously injured his vehicle was struck by another vehicle near Hampton and Fond du Lac on November 13th.
The striking vehicle was driven by a 44-year-old Milwaukee man.
Witnesses say the crash happened when the 44-year-old man failed to stop for a red traffic signal.
True was taken to the hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
Now, True is back to work, and it’s business as usual in the afternoons on ESPN 540. True joins his co-host Mitch “Thunder” Nelles and their radio audience despite the fact that True is roughly a month removed from the harrowing crash.
“The best thing is when they get mad at me or they make fun of me or they disagree with me — because then they’ve moved beyond the incident and they’re not worried about ‘can I say this’ or not. You know you’re back when it’s the three-ring circus again,” True said.
True says on the day of the crash, he was driving his son’s older car, with no side airbags.
He was hit hard, and was taken to the hospital with head and other injuries.
“There were reasons they were that concerned because there are four hours that I don’t know, and may never know what happened, and now when I notice other traffic accidents — I think some people go to sleep for four hours and never get up. I did,” True said.
As for his thoughts on the other driver, True says…
“People have asked me that, and I’ve never thought of the guy. Not once. It’s not like I’m being this great person. I am reasonably okay. I think of all those people that go through this and the result isn’t good, how can I be mad at anybody? You genuinely feel your good fortune outweighs whatever he took away. Yes, because I’m selfish, I think about me. It’s not that I want to win a church award. I’m thinking about me. If I was really harmed, and I was in terrible shape and had the same attitude, then I’m something special. I’m not taking any high road at all,” True said.
True hasn’t taken the road to the accident site again yet, but he says he will.
His physical recovery is progressing well, and professionally, being in the studio or back on the call of Marquette games is the perfect therapy.
True is at the stage in his career where he has built up plenty of capital with his co-workers and those he interacts with regularly — like Marquette Coach Buzz Williams and most importantly to him — his listeners, many of whom have overwhelmed the broadcaster with their support in the wake of the crash.
“It makes you realize that those times when you wonder, is anybody out there? Yeah. They are out there and they really care. I mean, the stuff that people have sent and the things they’ve said, and the time they’ve taken, yeah — it does make you feel like you actually do serve a kind of purpose or that they enjoy it. To everyone I would say thanks. It’s just blown my mind the kindness and the interest and how considerate people have been,” True said.
Posted Thursday, November 14, 2013 --- 8:04 a.m.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Milwaukee sports broadcaster has been critically injured in a car crash involving an apparent drunken driver.
WISN-TV reports Steve "The Homer" True is hospitalized with a serious head injury. True is a sports talk show host on Milwaukee's ESPN station WAUK and does play-by-play for Marquette University basketball, a job he's held for more than 20 years.
True previously worked for WISN-TV. Police tell the station True's car was struck at a Milwaukee intersection Wednesday, on his 59th birthday, by a driver who ran a red light and was apparently intoxicated.
Marquette athletic director Larry Williams says the entire university is praying for True and his family.
Copyright 2013: Associated Press