Public memorial service set for WBAL's Ron Smith

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The public is invited to attend a memorial service Jan. 17 for WBAL's Ron Smith, Baltimore radio's longtime "Voice of Reason," who died of pancreatic cancer Dec. 19.

The service, to be held at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium, will include testimonials from WBAL-TV sports anchor Gerry Sandusky, news anchor Stan Stovall, financial analyst Jonathan Murray and political analyst Blair Lee IV. Also speaking will be WBAL Vice President and General Manager Ed Kiernan and Dr. William Howard, Smith's physician.

"We wanted to honor and celebrate Ron's life," said Kiernan. "I spoke to Ron and his wife, June, before Ron passed away, and basically, this is their plan. This is Ron's wish and June's wish."

The service is scheduled for 11 a.m. and should last about 40 minutes, Kiernan said. It will be broadcast live on WBAL (1090 AM), and televised on WBAL Plus.

Kraushaar has a capacity of just under 1,000 people, Kiernan said. There will be no admission charge to the service, but donations will be collected by Team Reason, a group organized in Smith's name to fund research into pancreatic cancer. Money collected will be donated to the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Johns Hopkins University.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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