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Bob Smith

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.”

Former WXXI host Bob Smith passed away Friday morning at the age of 63. Bob was the original host of WXXI’s midday talk show, 1370 Connection, for more than 25 years. 

Every day, Bob led community-driven conversations on everything from education and the environment, to music, dance, arts, and culture. During his career, he interviewed a number of newsmakers and opinion leaders, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rudolph Giuliani, Mario Cuomo, Diane Rehm, Susan Stamberg, Dave Brubeck, and B.B. King.

This hour, we remember Bob's life and work, and reflect on his enduring legacy.

(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.