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Update from Tom Fudge

Dear KPBS Listeners:

Tom Fudge here. I hope that most of you know that I'm the host of "These Days" on KPBS, and that I've been absent from the airwaves for several weeks. At KPBS, we've received many e-mails and calls from listeners wondering what's going on and asking where I've been. I've decided it's time for me to write a personal note of explanation.


On April 16, I was cycling to work when I was hit by a car. My bicycle did not survive the accident. As for me... I was left a bit of a wreck. My body made hard contact with the car that hit me. That day, I ended up in intensive care, and I was hospitalized for more than a week.

Today, I'm happy to report that my doctors expect me to completely recover. The question of when I'll be back hosting "These Days" again is a bit hard to answer. I very much miss my work at KPBS. I miss my relationship with our listeners and I'd love to be back at work tomorrow. But my doctors expect my recovery to take a bit longer than that. I will say that I fully expect to be back in the host's chair sometime early this summer.


I want to thank you all for being KPBS listeners, and I hope you will look forward to hearing me again in the "These Days" host chair. Above all, I want to thank the many of you who have sent heartfelt e-mails and letters that have wished me well during this difficult time. I consider myself so lucky to have survived a serious traffic accident, and to have so many kind people express their sympathy to me. I can only feel humble, grateful, and very fortunate to be alive in the fellowship of such outstanding fellow humans.

I can tell you that I am feeling better every day, and each day I look forward to the time when I can once again lend my voice to the discussion of our community's present and future. Thanks again for your kind thoughts and words of concern. We'll be in touch over the airwaves again quite soon.

-Tom Fudge

Ellen Kappes
May 15, 2007 at 09:25 PM
Thanks for the update, glad to hear that you will make a full recovery. I have missed you on These Days and look forward to your return! A loyal listener, Ellen Kappes Chula Vista -----

gary shimanek
May 15, 2007 at 10:31 PM
Tom, you do a great job. You're missed and appreciated. Life sure can throw us a few curves. Makes a fellow think. Look forward to your return. All the best, Gary

Eleanor Sherrell
May 15, 2007 at 11:07 PM
You've been sorely missed! Though your replacements have been more than competent, the broadcast just hasn't seemed right without your deft touch with interviewees and your pleasant voice and style. I hope your recovery is quick and complete. Eleanor Sherrell La Mesa

jennifer eveleth
May 16, 2007 at 12:55 AM
I also miss you on "These Days", and am glad to hear you are on the mend. Wishing you a full recovery (try to be patient!), Jennifer Eveleth Carmel Valley

Janet Smith
May 16, 2007 at 01:12 AM
Dear Tom, Sure hope that soon enough "these days" become "those days" and you'll be back with us in radio days! Miss you, miss your show and miss your voice. Stay strong, be thankful and be well! A loyal listenter, Janet Smith Coronado, CA

Susan Cook
May 16, 2007 at 01:19 AM
So glad you're back on the mend...we've missed you! Take all the time you need to heal...we'll all be here when you return!

Steven Macias
May 16, 2007 at 02:10 AM
Hey Tom, Wanna go for a bike ride...Just kidding. Hope you heal soon. Love your show. Steven Macias Chula Juana

Joyce Kole
May 16, 2007 at 02:19 AM
Tom, I've been there and done that, although not on a bike! Thanks for the update because we've all been worried about you. Heal quickly and do all the rehab they recommend....mornings aren't the same without you. Joyce Kole Santaluz

Robert Estus
May 16, 2007 at 02:59 AM
You'll hear from every "been there, done that" including me. I wish you a full recovery and many more years of safe cycling!

Susan Frommer
May 16, 2007 at 03:27 AM
As somebody who calls whenever a topic gets my dander up, I'm pleased to hear that you are on the mend and that you will be returning to These Days. I would be interested in knowing what happened to the driver who hit you. Folks can be awfully careless around bike riders. Susan Frommer Murrieta

Daniel Medina-Cleghorn
May 16, 2007 at 03:51 AM
I hear a topic a-brewing: Cycling and Bicycle Consciousness in San Diego Daniel Medina-Cleghorn North Park

Chris Hayes, La Mesa
May 16, 2007 at 04:13 AM
Very glad to hear you are doing so well. Look forward to your return. Your insight is missed.

Bernadete Leal
May 16, 2007 at 05:08 AM
Hey Tom, glad to hear from you. I was wondering where you were. I spoke a couple of times with you in the air and got used to hear your voice every morning at work. I know you will be back soon and we will be waiting for you. Meanwhile, hang in there! Try to see positive things, spend time with your family, read, medidate, listen to some music, whatever it is that you like to do. Try new things! Sometimes we don't know why things happens to us and we might ask: why me? Believe it or not we are always here to learn something even with the most painful experiences in our lives. Those are the ones that make us stronger and realize the value of life, family and friends. You've got friends, here! I'll be thinking of you healed and will be sending you some good energy . Peace!

May 16, 2007 at 04:03 PM
Thank you for taking the time to update us on your condition. It is assuring to know that you are doing well and getting stronger everyday. That's awesome that you are able to take time to focus on a person above already stated we'll be here when you return, don't worry. what's "these days" without Tom Fudge?? [Although, your replacements have been doing a great job trying to hold the torch...] peace. -km, college area

Carol Holt
May 16, 2007 at 05:31 PM
Thanks for taking the time to send all your listeners the update letter. So glad to hear that you are steadily recovering. We all miss your presence on the airwaves, wish you continual improvement and recovery, and look forward to your return in the near future. Take care and heal well Carol, OB

john smith
May 16, 2007 at 05:33 PM
America's finest city my A**! Tom -- I was *AGHAST* when I heard what happened to you. Here you are doing your best to be eco-friendly, health-conscious, green and all that. And along comes some 2-ton SUV driven by a driver who may or may not have been on a cellphone -- but eitherway she wasn't paying attention -- and nearly cut down San Diego's most prominent mouthpiece on the issues! And nearly left a family fatherless! >> Woe to this city of fools!!!

Jennifer Morton
May 16, 2007 at 05:34 PM
Tom, thank you for the update on your condition. I am so sorry to hear about your accident, but glad that you are recovering. I look forward to hearing you again soon on These Days. Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery!

john smith, pt.
May 16, 2007 at 05:35 PM
Pedestrian and cyclist safety is an afterthought -- meanwhile we're adding a 9th and 10th lane to every major highway so that soon they'll be wide enough to land 747's on. And cycling -- the most sensible of all possible transportation choices -- will continue to be a deathwish. I'm p*ssed. And Tom -- when you're back, let's do something about it, my brutha!

Another Cyclist Named Tom
May 16, 2007 at 06:10 PM
I'm glad to hear you are in good spirits and recovering well. I was cycling down Montezuma road that morning and saw the police activity on the other side of the road. Later in the day I found out it was you from the San Diego Bicycle Coalition BBS. Take care. Judging from the response you have lots of friends here that you've never met. Count me as one of them.

May 16, 2007 at 06:55 PM
I'm really stoked to hear you're doing ok. We're all thinking about you and sending tons of good thoughts and recovery wishes your way. Thanks for taking the time away from recovery to update us on your progress. Get well! You are missed! Tons of good juju coming your way...

Michael K. Willis
May 16, 2007 at 06:55 PM
I'm really glad to hear that you're on the mend, Tom, and I look forward to the day when you will be able take up the These Days mike once again. Perseverance furthers. Take care.

Kelly Calkins
May 16, 2007 at 07:52 PM
So nice for you to connect with us again Tom, you know many freinds are thinking of you. You were never a one issue person and though bicycling advocacy is important to me I hope you are able to bring the meaningful discussions to the largest audience possible as you know how to do so well. As for bicycling advocacy, I don't know what you could possibly do to further make your point. Thank you for the positive example.

Ahmed Fageer
May 16, 2007 at 09:38 PM
I'm so happy you're doing fine after surviving the terrible accident. I hope to hear you over the radio very soon. You are a source of pride for all San Diegans. Takecare

Judy MacDonald
May 17, 2007 at 12:55 AM
Best wishes for your speedy recovery! I really miss hearing you most mornings!

Greg Duch
May 17, 2007 at 01:25 AM
Tom, You are an uncompromising voice for fairness and accuracy in the local media. You hold a unique position in that regard. You are an example of a well-prepared, open-minded, knowledgeable journalist; who does an outstanding job moderating "These Days";-- you've got the touch of a true pro!~!! Were there more journalists (newspaper, TV, radio, net)like you in San Diego, journalism would take a great leap forward locally. Your absence creates a major journalistic vacuum in SD. Greg Duch

m Swift
May 17, 2007 at 06:12 AM
Looking forward to your return but your recovery is the top priority now - best wishes for a speedy recovery. Your voice is greatly missed!

May 17, 2007 at 05:58 PM
Tom, We're all thankful you are tougher than your bike. I hope your recovery is quick, and I look forward to hearing your voice on the radio again. Take all the time and relaxation you need to ensure you're back to full health.

Susan F.
May 17, 2007 at 06:35 PM
We miss you and will be delighted to hear your voice coming across the airwaves again soon. I can only imagine how difficult this has been for you and your family. We send our hopeful thoughts to all. Thanks for the update. It must be such a relief to know that Allison St. John and all the other KPBS professionals have been keep the "These Days" flame alight while you recover.

Charlotte in Encinitas
May 17, 2007 at 06:36 PM
Stupid drivers! I'm glad you're recovering well... And hoping you're able to ride again. You're missed.

May 17, 2007 at 06:38 PM
Thank you for the update, Tom. I have missed you on "These Days" and have been worried about you. I'm relieved to hear that you're on the mend and look forward to your return to the show.

Ian McIntyre
May 17, 2007 at 08:39 PM
Hi Tom; As a fellow cyclist who has had many near misses as well as a few hard hits, I feel your pain. I hope it won't be long before you're behind the mike and back on your (new) bike. We look forward to hearing you on "These Days" again - get well soon, mate. Ian McIntyre

Julie (KPBS membership dept.)
May 17, 2007 at 11:55 PM
Hey, so good to know you're feeling well enough to write this commentary. I'm looking forward to hearing you on the air again and also seeing you walk the hallways of KPBS. Hang in there.

rebecca moos
May 18, 2007 at 04:55 AM
The mornings have not been the same. Can't wait for your return!

Mark Potomac
May 18, 2007 at 06:34 AM
Tom, I am glad to hear that you are doing better. We miss you. I was beginning to think that you were on display in La Jolla. Thanks for the update.

L. in Hillcrest
May 18, 2007 at 05:53 PM
Tom, Thank you so much for the update we were worried about you, and we are glad to hear that you will be fine and back on the air soon. I read the messages left for you on this page and I am really touch by all the support you receive. To me it is a sign that you are making a difference in this town. Take care of yourself

Cecilia R.
May 18, 2007 at 09:39 PM
Tom, I'm glad to know you are recovering well and will be back with "us" soon. We miss listening to you every morning. Best wishes for a complete recovery. Cecilia R.

Kathy Christy
May 20, 2007 at 04:17 PM
Tom, So glad to hear from you. No longer will I take for granted the pleasure of turning on the radio to listen to "These Days" with you and your well-prepared and fair manner. Take care and get well! Kathy

Mario E. Aguilar
May 20, 2007 at 06:58 PM
Hey Tom, I am very grateful that you are recovering! I have had the honor and pleasure of being interviewed by you twice, and you are indeed a great role model, and a quiet leader in our community. When I was 20 (many decades ago!) I too was hit by a car while riding my bike. Although my injuries were nowhere as bad as yours, to this day, I still cannot get on a bike without feeling nervous. I hope you will not have the same problem next time you go for a ride! I hope your recovery is swift, and remember that there are thousands of people in the KPBS audience/family that await you return!!!

Laura Pedulli
May 21, 2007 at 05:15 PM
Hi Tom, I'm so sorry about your accident - I'm glad to hear you are recovering (slowly but surely). I miss your insight and look forward to your return to These Days! Laura

Joseph D. Seckelman
May 21, 2007 at 05:24 PM
Tom, Get back to the air, we miss you! KPBS is just not the same with out you. I have a question, as a person who rides my bicycle to work, could you give us more details of your accident so that we might be able to avoid a similar one. Thanks, Joe

May 21, 2007 at 07:29 PM
Rah Rah Rah for SKY U MAH We're looking forward to getting you off the DL and back in the game.

Peg Corrigan
May 21, 2007 at 09:48 PM
Tom, I look forward to hearing you again on the airwaves. Best wishes from a fellow cyclist.

Andrea Walsh
May 21, 2007 at 11:11 PM
Dear Tom, You are really missed. Hearing your voice in the morning has been an enjoyable and familiar part of my day for years and the radio waves aren't the same without you. Your work is very much appreciated. I like your thoughtful analysis when you introduce a guest and you're always so well prepared on a wide range of subjects. I can tell you do quite a bit of research and you make it appear effortless. Additionally, you are well reasoned and fair with guests of varying perspectives as well as giving time to people calling in to voice & vent their views, (even when they're not as always as respectful as you are to them). I'm sure this is not always an easy task and a more like a balancing act. I'm always glad to hear your feedback and opinions on the issues, especially regarding the environment. I am grateful that you are recovering and that you will be back soon. You are missed more than words can adequately express. Wishing you and your family the best. Respectfully Yours, Andrea Walsh

Raymond Wagenknecht
May 23, 2007 at 05:40 PM
The fill-in hosts are doing a fine job but it just isn't the same. Relax, heal and come back when you are ready. We'll be here. Cheers, Ray

Erin Chambers
May 23, 2007 at 07:20 PM
Hope you are resting and healing well -- we all axniously await your return. Best wishes.

Greg Duch
May 24, 2007 at 02:01 AM
Tom: Just stopping by, to say hi. I think you may know that I've been a faithful listener to "These Days" for awhile. Heck, in a manner of speaking, I spend 8 hours per week with you. You get to know someone like family after a while; when you multiply eight hours per week by fifty-two weeks over three to four years... I am having withdrawal symptoms due to your absence and your inimitable class act. Greg from the Gaslamp

May 25, 2007 at 04:42 AM
Dear Tom, Very sorry to hear about the accident. But, very glad to know that you are going to be O.K. As the saying could have been a lot worse. We all know that "These days in S.D." is a way of life for you much more than some of the passive listners like me. Please make sure you are fully recovered and charged up before get back to your routine. We are rooting for your recovery and looking forward to listening to you soon. Take good care Tom. Best Regards Vijay

May 25, 2007 at 06:08 AM
Hi Tom, I'm glad to hear that you're recovering. Please take it easy and good care of yourself first even though you're genuinely missed hosting "These Days." The listeners will wait. Best wishes, Lara, Mira Mesa

Francine Busby
May 25, 2007 at 03:10 PM
Tom, I miss hearing your voice in the morning. job. Allison is doing a great job, but she always reminds us that she is sitting in for you. Hurry back, Francine

Judith Morgan
May 26, 2007 at 08:08 PM
Hi, Tom: Neil and I miss your voice and insights on 'These Days' and look forward to your return when health allows. All best, Judith

Elaine Campbell
May 28, 2007 at 12:46 AM
Hi Tom, I'm using your first name because you are a dear friend I used to listen to each morning. I knew about the accident and was wondering when we were going to hear about the outcome. I'm very glad for your recovery and continue to keep you in my prayers for your speedy return to the airwaves.

Nan Sterman
May 30, 2007 at 04:05 AM
Hi Tom Been meaning to send you a note to wish you a speedy recovery. I'm glad to read that you are on the mend, both physically and mentally, and I look forward to being on the air with you again in the near future!

May 30, 2007 at 05:33 AM

Peter Damashek
May 30, 2007 at 01:38 PM
Wow. Cycling is the most dangerous thing I do. I'm over in Osaka, Japan, a flat city with great bicycle access lanes, but, you know where the "kamikaze" came from! Anyway, as a former San Diego teacher, I feel right at home listening to you. I even almost gagged on my sushi when I heard you take a call from a close friend of mine a couple of weeks back. It's become such a small world, and you're a key part of that for me. I thank you for your great talents and hope you're back in the saddle real soon.

Evelyn La Rosa
May 30, 2007 at 05:11 PM
I have missed you on "These Days" and I am so glad that you are recovering well from the accident. Thanks for the update on your condition...I was concerned about you. Hope to be able to listen to you again sometime this summer. Best regards, Evelyn La Rosa

May 31, 2007 at 06:33 PM
Hey Tom, I am wondering... will you ride your bike again or are you hanging up cycling? As an avid cyclist and racer, the fear of getting hit is incredible and overwhelming. I wonder how it's affected your 'head' and your thoughts toward cycling. Please share with us when you're up to it.

Linda Canada
May 31, 2007 at 11:31 PM
Hi Tom - just returned from a trip expecting to hear you back on the air, and am sorry to hear that you are not quite ready. I hope that your recovery continues, and that you'll be back on the air soon. Linda from University City

Nidia Vargas
June 02, 2007 at 06:07 AM
Hi Tom, I am so glad to hear directly from you that you are doing well and plan on returning to host the show soon. Though I completely understand why you would want to continue to bike to work, I hope that you don't. The area is just not bike friendly enough and drivers are unfortunately way too careless. Best!

Greg Duch
June 04, 2007 at 11:57 PM
Tom: Think of you every morning, M-TH at 9AM. Wanting all the best for you and your family. Greg of the Gaslamp.

June 05, 2007 at 07:21 PM
Hello, Tom ~ I'm glad and relieved to hear you're on the mend -- your injuries must have been terribly serious. For me, the bitter irony is that you have paid such a high price for doing what we should all be doing -- moving our lives into a simpler, less voracious and rapacious relationship with Earth. I hope some good will come of this, even if only in small measure. Perhaps more people will slow down, recognize each other, and treat everything and everyone with care and respect, not only on the street, but everywhere. Is this too much to expect? Yes. Should we expect anything less? No. Best wishes to you!

Annie Rump
June 07, 2007 at 06:23 PM
I miss hearing you on my drive to work. Every week I keep thinking this will be the week you are back.. Glad to hear you are on the mend. As a cyclist, I know the daily fear out there on the the road. Careless and distracted drivers make my hobby a challenging one. I wish you the best in your recovery and look forward to hearing you back on the show. Good luck with all!

June 07, 2007 at 08:52 PM
Tom, Allison does a great job but when it comes to "These Days" you're the best! Mend quickly -- I look forward to hearing you back on the air soon.

Jacinta, Encinitas
June 08, 2007 at 09:40 PM
We are so looking forward to hearing you back on the radio - mornings are just not the same. Can't believe that two of our favorites, Tom Fudge and Scott Simon, are unavailable at present. Wishing you continuing and speedy recovery.

Jean m. Eno
June 09, 2007 at 05:36 PM
Love your program Tom and have noticed that you were not there. Be a good patient - the doctor knows best. I'll be happy when I hear your melodious voice on the radio this summer. Yours in good radio - Jean Eno

Jim DeHarpporte
June 10, 2007 at 06:26 AM
We miss you Tom. Hope that you continue to heal and that we will hear your voice again soon on the radio. Our thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy and full recovery.

Greg Rubin
June 12, 2007 at 11:45 PM
Hi Tom: Glad to hear you are recovering well and making plans to be back. It's especially great to hear it from you directly. Frankly, I've had hoped that the car that hit you got the worst of it (just kidding)! You are in my thoughts and prayers. Can't wait till you get back, fully recovered. Now, back to my native plants...

Skip Shaputnic
June 13, 2007 at 11:29 PM
Best wishes for your recovery, Tom. As an avid bicycle commuter of over 30 years, it always saddens me to hear of bike accidents--another brother bicyclists has gone down! In writing this note, the thought occurred that perhaps later when you've healed you might consider doing some shows about bike-commuting in town: the joys (the bennies of regular exercise for one), the hazards involved and what's being done to improve the situation. One thing's for sure, you've got to be real dedicated to want to be out there joining other folks on spokes. For now, please know you're in the thoughts of many who are sending their wishes for your return to the airwaves, and hopefully, resuming bicycle commuting when you're able. Take care, Skip Shaputnic

Michelle Dottore
June 14, 2007 at 05:25 AM
Tom, We do miss you and are looking forward to your return. There has to be at least 2 or 3 good shows out of this experience. I for one am curious about bicycles and their future alongside city traffic. Warren Olney's at KCRW had a good segment on it recently as it pertained to LA. Also I would be interested in hearing about this life changing experience in terms of a personal reflection. But above all else, many best wishes for a full and speedy recovery!

June 18, 2007 at 05:33 PM
Tom, It is fantastic to hear your voice again on These Days! Thank you for sharing with us the very personal aspects of this accident. I realized today when I heard your voice how much a part of our life you are! Your coworkers have been doing a great job in your absence, but I hope you make it back as soon as you can.

Lara from Mira Mesa
June 18, 2007 at 05:35 PM
Welcome back Tom!!!! It's so great to hear you back on the air!! Thank you also to Alison who's also done a wonderful job hosting in the intermin. Tom, I hope you get back on the bike soon!!

June 18, 2007 at 05:38 PM
My husband was hit by a car. His bicycle helmet saved his life, his head hit a metal guard rail. But to me the biggest issue this brings up is the lack of bicycle safety in San Diego County. We need more bicycle awareness, more bike lanes, and stiffer fines for people who hit bicyclists!

Bourke MacDonald
June 18, 2007 at 07:40 PM
Great to hear you back on the air today! I really enjoy your perspective and sense of humor. Get better! Bourke in the College Area

June 18, 2007 at 08:07 PM
Hi Tom, So good to hear your voice again this morning! Thanks for sharing some of your experiences with us. I, like so many others, have really missed you in the morning and am delighted to hear you'll be back on the air tomorrow. Best, Julie in PB

June 18, 2007 at 09:37 PM
Oh, I was pleased as pie to hear your voice again this morning! I am a longtime fan of your "right as rain" honest and non-judgemental views on the radio. Meanwhile, go rest, get better...we'll carry on... until you COME BACK :)

Raj and Sharmila Banerjee
June 19, 2007 at 01:29 AM
Hi Tom: It made our day hearing your voice this morning. We dearly missed your comments and analyses -- although Alison and your colleagues have done a great job. We pray for your complete recovery. Best wishes, Raj & Sharmila Banerjee

June 20, 2007 at 05:42 PM
Good to have you back!

Gigi Ronzone-Gay
August 27, 2007 at 04:23 AM
Hi Tom- I hope this finds you fully recovered and doing well. You probably do not remember me. I moved to San Diego in 1969 as a senior at Orange Glen High School. I had lived in Placerville CA all of my life attending a very small school with people I had grown up with most of whom I am related to. I was so overwhelmed when I moved to Escondido. You were the first person who made an effort to make me feel comfortable. You invited me to a homecomming dance. When you picked me up I was dressed in what generations of Placerville girls wear for the annual Homecomming dance. Some may call it "Hill billy chic". You were dressed California Casual. I knew I had made a big mistake and wanted to change. But being the gentleman you are you complemeted me and off we went. I danced the night away with you in your beach boy surfer shorts along side pretty blonde girls in their surfer wear, wearing my hand-me down brocaid prom dress with my very high hair-do. You were a true gentleman and at the age of seventeen it means even more. Being the mother of 3 boys I have told this story a few times. Fortunatley my sons are kind loving young men. Just like you, Tom. I hope this finds you in good health, knowing that your kindness has touched someone and you've been thought of many times over the years. If you are ever in Northern California please give us a call. Gigi Ronzone-Gay (800) 248-3555

Margaret Rehm
September 27, 2007 at 12:49 AM
Tom: You had a golden opportunity to question James Watson about Roslind Franklin but, because you did not do your homework, you blew it. Frontline aired a terrific program about three years ago revealing how Watson and Cricht (I can't remember his name) stole Ms. Franklin's research which led to their breakthrough on DNA. They were stymied until the saw her work. They never gave her any credit and only after the expose did they even mention her. Mr. Watson's self serving reference to the fact that she did not blame them because she came to stay with Cricht when she was dying is ridiculous. She never knew they had used her research. I hope you can get a copy of the frontline programme. You will really enjoy it. I do enjoy your program. It is always interesting and enlightening. I'm glad you have made such a good recovery from your awful accident. Margaret Rehm

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David McCain
January 05, 2008 at 08:04 AM
Tom, I'm late to your blog, but I share the sentiments of the previous respondents: I'm glad you are back. My question is this: Did you ride your bike to work today or did you drive? Just curious I guess :) Dave