1370 Connection

Writers & Books, the local literary organization, has honored individuals and an organization in the 2017 Big Pencil Awards.

The annual award ceremony, celebrates people and organizations that support, foster and create literature in the Rochester community.

The awards were handed out on Friday night.

They include former longtime WXXI talk show host Bob Smith, who was honored posthumously as “an individual who has had an impact to the Rochester literary community.”

(Rochester, NY)  Former WXXI Host Bob Smith passed away this morning at the age of 63 after a long illness. Bob was the original host of WXXI’s midday talk show, 1370 Connection, for over 25 years. Every day, he created two hours of civic engagement and civil discourse, on topics that ranged from politics to the economy, from education to the environment, from music and dance to arts and culture. Bob interviewed countless newsmakers and opinion leaders, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rudolph Giuliani, Mario Cuomo, Diane Rehm, Susan Stamberg, Dave Brubeck, and B.B. King.

Bob Smith, longtime host and producer of WXXI-AM’s 1370 Connection, is stepping down from the midday talk show. This past April, Smith suffered a stroke and is currently in long-term rehabilitative care.

Author Cheryl Strayed on 1370 Connection

May 1, 2013

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the best-selling memoir Wild and the advice collection Tiny Beautiful Things. Strayed visited Rochester Thursday to speak at a SUNY Brockport event, and she visited WXXI for an interview on 1370 Connection with host Scott Fybush. 

Rochester, NY – WXXI's Bob Smith interviewed author Laura Browder about research into the thousands of women who are going into combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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