The special featured a series of recorded interviews with Bob, along with recorded greetings and tributes from listeners and colleagues.
In September 2013, WXXI announced that Bob Smith, longtime host and producer of WXXI-AM’s 1370 Connection, would be stepping down from the midday talk show. In April, Bob suffered a stroke and is currently in long-term rehabilitative care. Bob had been part of the WXXI News Team for more than 25 years, leading the community in civic engagement and civil discourse. In celebration of Bob's amazing years of work, AM 1370 presented a special two-hour broadcast honoring him. 1370 Connection: A Tribute to Host Bob Smith aired Thursday, October 17 from 12-2 p.m. on AM 1370.
Listen to the Tribute:
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The special featured a series of recorded interviews with Bob, along with recorded greetings and tributes from listeners and colleagues. WXXI also opened the phone lines so that listeners had the opportunity to join the tribute.
Bob started his career in broadcast news before his 20th birthday, when he landed his first full-time radio job as a reporter/anchor for Buffalo station, WBEN, after graduating from Cornell University in 1978. He holds a Ph.D. in American political and legal history from Cornell and taught undergraduate American political and diplomatic history courses to Cornell undergraduate students. He joined WXXI in March of 1988.