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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.