Steve "The Homer" True

In this 2010 photo, Steve "The Homer" True broadcasts a Marquette University basketball game.

RICK WOOD — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MILWAUKEE — A well known Milwaukee sports broadcaster who got his radio start in Madison has been critically injured in a car crash involving an apparent drunken driver.

WISN-TV reported that Steve "The Homer" True is hospitalized with a serious head injury. True is a sports talk show host on Milwaukee's ESPN station WAUK and does play-by-play for Marquette University basketball, a job he's held for more than 20 years.

True left Madison and WTDY (1480 AM) in Madison in November 1989 for WISN-AM in Milwaukee.

True previously worked for WISN-TV. Police told the station True's car was struck at a Milwaukee intersection Wednesday, on his 59th birthday, by a driver who ran a red light and was apparently intoxicated.

“Homer is one of my all-time favorite people in the world and I sincerely mean that,” Marquette coach Buzz Williams said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”

Marquette athletic director Larry Williams says the entire university is praying for True and his family.

At the start of the Homer & Thunder Show, sidekick Mitch "Thunder" Nelles said: "Home is mostly OK."

He added Homer was mad he couldn't be on the air.

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