WXXI radio host Bob Smith retires

By THOMAS ADAMS - 8/29/2013 5:00:19 PM

Bob Smith, host and producer of 1370 Connection on WXXI-AM and a member of its news team for 25 years, has retired after suffering a stroke in April, station officials announced Thursday.

Smith is in long-term rehabilitative care, the station said in a statement.

“Bob’s incredible wealth of knowledge and curiosity of many varied topics made him such an engaging talk show host,” WXXI President and CEO Norman Silverstein said in the statement. “His dedication to the program has made 1370 Connection essential to the Rochester community for more than 25 years.”

The station is conducting a national search to replace Smith, the statement said.

Smith joined WXXI in March 1988.

He received several awards during his career, which started when he was hired as a reporter and anchor for WHEN-AM in Syracuse before his 20th birthday while he was in graduate school at Cornell University.

Smith won a New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association Award and an award for media excellence from the United Nations Association of Rochester.

He has served on the board of directors of the Rochester Rotary Club and the Small Business Council of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, and authored the first in a series of task force reports for the Urban League of Rochester, N.Y. Inc.

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