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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