Larry Young returns to air after being ill

March 12, 2004|By K Kaufmann

Less than a month after he was rushed to Maryland General Hospital with a life-threatening heart ailment, local talk-show host Larry Young returned to the airwaves yesterday, fielding calls from a host of well-wishers including Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele.

The former state senator, 55, fell ill on Feb. 22 as he was preparing for his 6 a.m. show, a mix of politics, sports and commentary, on WOLB 1010 AM. Diagnosed with double pneumonia and heart problems, Young was "blue" when he reached the emergency room, he said.

As he's recuperated, Young said, he's received hundreds of cards and phone messages, and his house "looks like a florist shop. The whole recuperative experience continues to humble me daily."

Howard Mazer, WOLB general manager, said Young's first show had "a nice warm feeling. We're happy that he's returned. He's feeling great and looking great."

A major figure on the Baltimore political scene since the 1970s, Young was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates for the city's 44th District. He served in the state Senate from 1988 until 1998, when he was expelled for ethics violations.

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