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1370 Connection host, Bob Smith, will be taking extended time off to manage some health issues. Bob appreciates hearing from listeners, so please feel free to send cards and notes to him in care of: WXXI, PO Box 30021, Rochester, NY 14603. We'll keep listeners updated on his progress during 1370 Connection, and here online.
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.