Radio host Kelly Stevens is slowly recuperating at Grady Hospital from injuries sustained after a wrong-way driver hit his vehicle on GA-400 nearly two weeks ago.
Given the severity of the crash and the fact he wasn’t wearing a seat belt, Stevens is happy to be alive.
On his Facebook page today, Stevens said he was able to stand up for the first time since the August 24 accident.
Wanted to share with you my miracle moment this morning. Standing up! What is simple yet beautiful thing to be able to do… I have high hopes to be discharged today from Grady into an acute rehab facility.
On Monday, Stevens noted this:
I have a fractured leg and knee along with the shattered arm and elbow plus a fractured rib and vertebra but the true miracle is I am alive and I owe it all to God. Was able to move from ICU into a regular room a day and a half ago and will keep you updated as I’m able but thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers.
His former B98.5 morning host Alpha Trivette gave me an update via Facebook, which is a little outdated:
“I talked to him late last week. He should be out of ICU this week. Had surgeries on compound fractures of left knee and elbow. He is in for a lot of treatment and therapy… possibly more surgeries. He’s looking for a few months initial recovery with some life-long complications. He is grateful, however, to be alive and is in reasonably good spirits.”
Stevens may be out for weeks from B98.5, if not months. He has been paired with Vicki Locke the past 18 months. It appears Vicki, with producer Jessica Forkel, will forge on without him for now. (B98.5 just added a new program director Chris Eagen, spelling Lee Cagle.)
B98.5, which has added more current music the past few months to its mix, had a strong August ratings period, according to Arbitron, finishing fourth overall and a tie for fifth among 25 to 54 year olds. The morning show was tied for fifth overall and seventh among 25 to 54 year olds.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk