Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Esteemed radio broadcaster Mike Smith to deliver keynote address at OU-C Recognition of Graduation event

Award-winning radio broadcaster Mike Smith, a well-known personality in the region, will deliver the keynote address at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Recognition of Graduation event at 7:30 p.m. on April 29 in the Shoemaker Center on campus. The event, which is free and open to the public, honors Chillicothe Campus students who have earned their associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ohio University during the 2015-16 academic year.

Smith is a familiar voice to area listeners, and he has an outstanding perspective and insights to share with the Chillicothe Campus’ graduates at this important time in their lives. He is an accomplished professional who understands this region and has an appreciation for the unique qualities of its residents, particularly from his experience reporting on events in area communities.

Smith is news director, sports director and operations manager of WBEX/WCHI/WKKJ/WQLX Radio in Chillicothe as well as WCHO AM & FM in Washington Court House. He is the morning news and sports anchor for those stations as well as WSRW in Hillsboro.

Further, he has been a co-host of “Dan & Mike in the Morning” on WBEX in since 1994 and host of the award-winning public affairs program “The Sounding Board” on WBEX.

Smith has been named Associated Press Sportscaster of the Year four times as well as AP News Anchor of the Year once. Additionally, he has received the Ohio Schools Superintendent Achievement Award; Southeast District Athletic Association Media Award; and the American Red Cross Community Service Award.

He is a member of the Zane Trace Tip-Off Classic Hall of Fame; has led stations to AP Ohio Most Outstanding Sports Operation 19 times and the AP Most Outstanding News Operation once; and is a two-time winner of the OPI Award for best public affairs interview in Ohio for The Sounding Board.

An Adena High School graduate, Smith has been with the stations in the region for approximately 35 years. Smith began his broadcast career doing play-by-play of area high school games for a local cable TV station. He then worked for the Waverly radio station before joining WCHI in 1980 and WBEX the following year.

Due to a change in circumstances, the Rev Joe Barker, who was originally announced as the speaker, will be unable to deliver the address.

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