Published on Sunday, 24 October 2010 17:07
Former Chicago DJ, Don Geronimo is in the hospital this weekend after suffering severe trauma to his head Friday night. Geronimo, who since June is heard on middays on Sacramento, CA's KHTK-AM, was doing a live show Friday evening. It was called "The Don Geronimo Live Show at Cal Expo" -- a comedic live stage event for fans of his radio show. While walking around the stage, having fun with the audience, he went too close to the edge, slipped on some water and fell head first off the stage, down to a cement floor. He landed on his head, splitting it open, and briefly losing consciousness.
Geronimo was rushed to a local hospital and placed in the Intensive Care Unit. While the laceration on his head was scary at the time, his prognosis is excellent and he has been able to sit up in bed and talk this weekend. This morning, he was transfered from ICU to the trauma recovery wing. He is reportedly in good spirits and is big wish is to be able to enjoy watching the Packers/Vikings game tonight. His wife Janet has been at his side while in the hospital, where Geronimo is expected to be for a few more days.
UPDATE 10/25/10: Late Monday, Don Geronimo's condition had improved to the point he was able to be released from the hospital and go back to his home for a few more weeks of recovery.)
Fans can tweet get well wishes to Don Geronimo to his Twitter account @DonGeronimoShow
or to Janet's Twitter account @MrsGeronimo
or on his show's Facebook fan page
. Geronimo's radio station website
will be posting updates on his condition periodically.
Geronimo, whose real name is Michael Source, is 52. Though he has worked in major markets from the East Coast to the West Coast, Don Geronimo really jump-started his long, professional radio career here in Chicago. After doing brief stints as a part-timer in various markets, including on LA's KIIS-FM, he came to Chicago's WLS-FM in 1982. Just over a year later, he was working nights for WBBM-FM and less than a year after that, he took over as the morning show host (replacing none other than Dick Biondi). However, the following year, the radio rising star quit unexpectedly & suddenly. He had been frustrated with the WBBM-FM morning show's constant breaks for news, traffic, sports and weather, along with being forced to play many songs each hour, leaving him little air time to have fun with listeners. He moved out of the Chicago market and took a job in Washington DC, where he enjoyed many years of success.