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(1941 – 2011)

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This is an online tribute dedicated to Ron Smith who was an American talk radio show host on WBAL in Baltimore, Maryland. His show aired weekdays from 9 to noon ET, and formerly aired from 3 to 6 pm ET.
Ron Smith was born in upstate New York to an assistant school superintendent. After dropping out of high school at age seventeen, he served in the Marines from 1959 to 1962.
Following his discharge, he returned to Albany, New York, where he worked in community theater. After attending broadcasting school. He enrolled in broadcasting school and after graduating, worked as a disk jockey in Haverhill, Massachusetts.
He began his television reporting career at WTEN-TV in Albany in 1968. Five years later,
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in 1973, he became a weekend anchor at WBAL-TV in Baltimore. In 1976, he became a co-anchor on that station's evening "Action News" broadcast. He was dismissed from his job in 1980 due to competition from WJZ's star anchormen Jerry Turner and Al Sanders.
On August 5, 1984, after a four-year stint as a stockbroker, Ron Smith became a radio show host at WBAL-AM. Calling himself "The Voice of Reason," he would become known for his intelligence and his wide breadth of knowledge on a range of issues. Starting with a traditional talk-show format, his show changed after the start of the Iraq War to focus more on interviews with personalities and newsmakers, both conservatives and liberals. When WBAL cancelled Rush
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Limbaugh's program in June 2006, his show expanded to four hours, from 2 to 6 pm ET, but was returned to its three-hour format in April 2007 when another host was found for the noon to three spot.
In September 2011, Ron Smith was recognized by being selected as the first annual recipient of The Charles Carroll of Carrollton Award in honor of his twenty-seven years of bringing the concepts of The Constitution to his massive listening audience. Charles Carroll of Carrollton was a signer of The Declaration of Independence from Maryland. Ron Smith is consistently rated as the most listened to talk show host in the Baltimore/Washington area.
Ron Smith's political views could be described as conservative or,
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more specifically, paleoconservative. Thomas DiLorenzo, a friend of Ron Smith, categorized him as an "Old Right" conservative. Unlike the majority of conservative talk radio show hosts, Ron Smith was a critic of the Bush administration and the Iraq war.
While Ron Smith usually took conservative or paleoconservative political positions, he frequently criticized Republicans. He supported Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, but referred to George H.W. Bush as "Joe Isuzu." He reluctantly supported the American invasion on Afghanistan, but opposed regime change in Iraq. Ron Smith also frequently addressed issues about the right to own and carry a firearm and the immorality of gun control on his program. In addition, his
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favorite topics included the discussion of unintended consequences of government programs, corrupt politicians, and what he viewed as the disastrous state of public education, especially in Baltimore City.
Ron Smith died on December 19th, 2011. This online memorial has been set up to celebrate his life and his career. May he rest in peace.
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This is an online tribute dedicated to Ron Smith who was an American talk radio show host on WBAL in Baltimore, Maryland. His show aired weekdays from 9 to noon ET, and formerly aired from 3 to 6 pm ET.
Ron Smith was born in upstate New York to an assistant school superintendent. After dropping out of high school at age seventeen, he served in the Marines from 1959 to 1962.
Following his discharge, he returned to Albany, New York, where he worked in community theater. After attending broadcasting school. He enrolled in broadcasting school and after graduating, worked as a disk jockey in Haverhill, Massachusetts.
He began his television reporting career at WTEN-TV in Albany in 1968. Five years later,...

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