Broadcaster Elane Stein

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ... ?

July 14, 2007|By Jacques Kelly

Elane Stein, on Baltimore's radio and television for more than three decades, broadcast the last of her radio spots over WBAL-AM in April 1996 and moved to Santa Fe, N.M.

"I really miss Baltimore, the doctors and the medicine," she said this week. "A lot of people call me, but I have a lovely house here."

Soon after relocating to New Mexico, she took college courses about the culture of American Indians and Southwest history.

In recent years, she has had some trouble. Her close friend, Nelson Schreter, with whom she moved, died of heart failure in 2005.

A year and a half ago, Stein fell in her home and broke her pelvis. She is also being treated for Marfan syndrome, a condition that affects connective tissue.

"I just will not give up," she said as she was about to leave for physical therapy.

Stein started on Baltimore radio in 1961 as the music director at WCBM-AM. She moved to WBAL in 1975 and was public service director, broadcasting a short interview program three times daily. She also appeared on WJZ-TV's Square Off and MPT's The Critics' Place.

She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York City. "I had a big mouth but no talent for acting. Since I was a talker, that's how I got into doing interviews," she said.

"One thing everybody knows, and that is that I tell the truth - about everything except my age," she said.

In one of her recent medical episodes, her physicians asked her about the three different dates of birth she had given.

"Pick the youngest," she said.

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