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Report: Ron Chapman recovering at home after stroke

Posted 10:15am on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013

DFW radio legend Ron Chapman, who suffered a stroke on Dec. 23, was released from the hospital on Tuesday and is now recuperating at home, according to a report by Robert Wilonsky of the Dallas Morning News.

Wilonsky, who also interviewed Chapman while he was still hospitalized earlier this month, wrote that his voice was "still a little slow but decidedly more steady," adding that Chapman quoted a song from Pinocchio: “I’m free, there are no strings on me.”

His recovery will include an at-home nurse who'll help Chapman through his recovery. "My left side doesn’t do what my right side does,” he told Wilonsky. An excerpt from his Wednesday post:

Chapman’s gotten all the well wishes sent him in recent weeks; he hopes to answer each one when he can. He says he’s able to speak “in sentences that can go on for paragraphs,” which is astonishing, he points out, since doctors “say most people in my situation can only say one word. And I can put together thought processes that most people in my situation cannot.”
And he does not take that for granted.
“The road has not ended,” he says, referring to rehab. “There’s more to do. I don’t know how long it will take, but it will take some time. But as E.T. said, home’s the most excellent place of all.”

Chapman came to DFW in 1959, and was best-known for his gigs at KLIF/1190 AM and KVIL/103.7 FM -- where he spent more than 30 years -- and KLUV/98.7 FM, from which he "retired" in 2005. In 2008, he was involved in launching the short-lived "Platinum 96.7" oldies station. Current DFW radio personalities as diverse as KLUV's Jody Dean, KEGL/97.1 FM's Russ Martin and syndicated, locally based Kidd Kraddick have cited Chapman as an influence.

He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2012.

For more details, read Wilonsky's full post here.

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