For Immediate Release — Monday, March 20, 2006


Sarah Grace Pretzer

Assistant Vice President for Communications

(585) 245-5516

Curt Smith '73 earns three broadcast honors

"One of the most recognized sports experts in America" appointed to committees at Radio Hall of Fame, Baseball Hall of Fame

GENESEO, N.Y. — Often called America's leading sports broadcast historian, Curt Smith, a 1973 State University of New York at Geneseo graduate, continues to earn national recognition for his expertise and achievements. Three new honors salute the author, columnist, "Perspectives" radio host and former Presidential speechwriter.

Smith is the newest member of the national Radio Hall of Fame steering committee, a venue of the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. "Committee members include executives, academicians, journalists, and others interested in preserving radio's history," said Hall President Bruce DuMont. "Curt Smith is one of the most recognized sports experts in America. His insights into sportscasting will make our decisions wiser."

Smith has also been renamed to the Baseball Hall of Fame committee that admits a yearly announcer to the Cooperstown shrine. Gene Elston is the 2006 Ford Frick honoree, joining 29 others including Mel Allen, Red Barber and Harry Caray. "Jazzmen are said to balance passion and intellect," said Smith. "Elston did that for the Houston Astros and Mutual and CBS Radio."

Finally, Smith has launched a radio/television column for, Major League Baseball's official Web site, read by millions around the world. It will cover subjects like the World Series, All-Star Game, and legends like Allen, Ernie Harwell, Vin Scully and Curt Gowdy.

Smith hosts the popular "Perspectives" on Rochester, New York's National Public Radio outlet WXXI, sponsored by SUNY Geneseo. Series guests have included David Birney, Lynne Cheney, Bob Costas and George Will. Smith is a Messenger-Post Newspapers columnist, contributor to Rochester's CBS-TV affiliate WROC, and author of 11 books, including "Voices of Summer," "The Storytellers" and "Windows on the White House." Says Costas: "Smith stands up for the beauty of words."

Following his graduation from Geneseo in 1973, he worked as a Gannett Company reporter, senior editor for The Saturday Evening Post, and speechwriter to George H.W. Bush, writing more speeches than anyone for the 41st President. Leaving the White House in 1993, Smith hosted several series at the Smithsonian Institute before turning to radio and television.

Since then, the Associated Press and the New York State Broadcasters Association have voted his WXXI commentary "Best in New York State." Smith has hosted Fox's Empire Sports "Fan TV" series, wrote ESPN-TV documentaries based on his book, "Voices of The Game," and helped write that network's SportsCentury series.       

Smith has written for, among others, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, The New York Times, Reader's Digest, Sports Illustrated and The Washington Post. He has appeared on numerous network programs, including ABC's "Nightline," Armed Forces Radio, BBC, CBC, CNBC, CNN, ESPN, Fox News, MSNBC, PBS, Radio America and The History Channel.

Named among the "100 Outstanding Alumni" of the State University of New York system, Smith is a member of the Judson Welliver Society of former Presidential speechwriters and lives with wife Sarah and two children in Rochester.