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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Bev Smith

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Radio host Bev Smith was born on March 4, 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Westinghouse High School and attended Robert Morris Junior College. In 1971, Smith was named Pittsburgh's first African American consumer affairs investigative reporter for WPXI Television. In 1975, she was named news and public affairs director for Sheridan Broadcasting and hosted a talk show on Sheridan's flagship station, WAMO. She then hosted radio shows for Pittsburgh's KDKA, Miami's WGBS (now WNMS), and Orlando's WKIS. Smith also hosted BET's talk show Our Voices for thirteen years. When she hosted The Bev Smith Show from 1998 to 2011, she was the only African American female radio talk show host with a nationally syndicated show in the country. She has received nearly 300 awards and recognitions for her contributions to radio and television, including the Radio Air Crystal Award and the prestigious Max Robinson Award.
Performers
Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
215 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Bev Smith
Bev Smith
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2014 June 9.
Description
1 online resource (8 video files (3 hr., 34 min., 13 sec.)) : sound, color
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