Bob Smith

Host, 1370 Connection

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1370 Connection host, Bob Smith, is stepping down from the midday talk show. Read the press release. This past April, Bob suffered a stroke and is currently in long-term rehabilitative care. His dedication to the program has made 1370 Connection essential to the Rochester community for more than 25 years. A special two-hour broadcast is being planned for mid-October, where you can share your favorite memories from the show and wish Bob well. An airdate for this broadcast will be announced soon. If you would like to send Bob a note, please send it to: WXXI, c/o Bob Smith, PO Box 30021, Rochester, NY 14603. 

Bob Smith has been in broadcasting since before his 20th birthday, when he landed his first full-time radio job as a reporter/anchor for Syracuse station WHEN (AM) while simultaneously enrolled in graduate school at Cornell University.

Since then, Bob has not only covered and reported the news for stations in Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo, but earned a Ph.D. in American political and legal history from Cornell; taught undergraduate American political and diplomatic history courses to Cornell undergraduate students; and managed and co-owned a Rochester-based manufacturing firm supplying component parts to worldwide customers in the auto and aerospace industries. In the midst of all that, he found time for community service, having worked as a member of the Board of Directors of the Rochester Rotary Club and the Small Business Council of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce. He's also author of the first of a series of major task force reports for the Urban League of Rochester which helped launch public school reform in the city.

It's that varied background in business, broadcasting and community service that Bob has brought to the Rochester airwaves since March of 1988 as host of WXXI-AM's daily afternoon talk program, "1370 Connection with Bob Smith." We’ve covered the world on ”1370 Connection,” talking with newsmakers and opinion makers about issues that span the globe, AND hit close to home here in the Western and Central New York region. We cover our neighborhood in the global village every weekday at noon and again at 11 PM.


WXXI Top Stories
7:12 am
Tue October 30, 2012

1370 Connection Focusing on Aftermath of Storm

Today from Noon to 2 p.m., WXXI-AM's 1370 Connection will have the latest on the aftermath of the storm.  Bob Smith will have live interviews with  guests  from  Monroe County Emergency Operations, RG&E, New York State Department of Transportation, American Red Cross, Cornell University, and more. 

Call in during the show at 585-263-9994 (WXXI) and let us know what it’s like in your neighborhood. 

Listen to 1370 Connection on WXXI-AM 1370, or online from noon to 2 p.m. today

WXXI Top Stories
6:42 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Financial Expert Explains Kodak's Patent Auction Delay

Wednesday was supposed to be the day Kodak would announce the outcome of its auction of over a thousand technical patents to bidders in the imaging and communications fields. But as of now, there has been no announcement, and possibly no sale.

This is the latest bump in the road toward Kodak's planned recovery from bankruptcy. The company had hoped to raise over $2 billion from the sale, but initial bids reportedly came in at a fraction of that amount.

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Election 2012
8:56 pm
Sun July 29, 2012

Election Analysis: Under 100 Days to Go

WXXI News Director Julie Philipp and 1370 Connection Host Bob Smith discuss political headlines in advance of this year's election.

Click on the video box below to watch the segment from WXXI's Need to Know Rochester that originally aired Friday, July 27, 2012.

4:16 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Local Experts Analyze Supreme Court Health Care Ruling

WXXI’s Bob Smith talks with attorney Kate Saracene a specialist in health and employee benefit law at Nixon, Peabody and Fran Weisberg, Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, about the impact of today’s Supreme Court decision essentially sustaining the entire health care reform law with only one minor exception (removing financial penalties from state governments that don’t implement it completely).

4:41 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

DiNapoli Discusses New York State's Financial Picture

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says so far, so good in describing the economic health of the state at this point in the budget year.

DiNapoli was in Rochester Tuesday to highlight seed money investments the state employee pension fund is making in businesses across the state to help foster growth and create jobs.

In an appearance on WXXI's 1370 Connection, DiNapoli said the best way to describe the outlook for the state balance sheet is cautious optimism about the state's prospects.

9:03 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Investigating the Cause of the Economic Crisis

A film documenting the roots of the economic crisis opens in in Rochester Monday night.

 The Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? looks at the severity of the economic downturn and its impact on the working-class.

The film premieres Monday night at The Little Theatre on Monday, June 11 followed by a panel discussion.

4:28 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Rochester City Council Begins Budget Hearings

Rochester City Council begins discussion of Mayor Tom Richards’ budget proposal this week.

City Council Finance Chair Carolee Conklin spoke with WXXI’s Bob Smith about the city budget in including the impact of Albany’s budgeting and policies, and the obligations the city has to help funding public education.

Click on the audio player above to listen to a portion of the interview from Tuesday’s 1370 Connection.

6:40 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Occupy Rochester Continues Action Beyond Park Encampment

Occupy Rochester's encampment in Washington Square Park before it was removed
Zack Seward

Supporters of the Occupy movement in Rochester say they're gearing up for another season of activity even if they're not moving back into Washington Square Park except for periodic daytime rallies and meetings.

Shirley Thompson, an active member of the Occupy Rochester assembly, says there are many issues that still remain as they continue to challenge those at the top of the economic and political pyramid.

11:01 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Covering Hydrofracking of the Marcellus Shale

One of the most active journalists covering the story of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale Region says it's become controversial partly because of a spotty environmental record for the industry, and partly because of a lack of openness on the part of gas drilling firms about what they're doing and how they're doing it.

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3:05 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Former Mayor Bill Johnson Discusses His Op-Ed Piece on Trayvon Martin Case

Former Rochester Mayor Bill Johnson has publicly shared his thoughts about the controversial shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

Johnson wrote an op-ed piece published the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, FL, a suburb of Orlando.