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Since returning to Upstate New York in the late 1990s, Curt Smith has broadcast a number of popular radio and television series. For six years till the network’s demise, he aired a weekly Voices of The Game show on the regional Empire Sports TV Network, interviewing guests from broadcaster Al Michaels to baseball commissioner Bud Selig. Smith has also hosted programs for CBS TV Rochester affiliate WROC. They include 2000-02's Perfectly Clear, a 30-minute weekly magazine of national and local issues; Talking Point, a 2002-09 twice-weekly debate with Upstate personalities on issues from politics to the economy; and Smith's ongoing role as WROC political analyst critiquing officials from President Obama to Rochester-area Congresswoman Louise Slaughter to Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren.

On 2003-12 radio, Smith hosted Perspectives each Saturday at 2 p.m. and Tuesday at 9 p.m. over Rochester's National  Public Radio affiliate WXXI AM (1370), sponsored by the State University of New York at Geneseo. It featured well-known local and national guests -- arguably the brightest galaxy of marquee names of any American mid-size market. Guest and USA Today columnist Christine Brennan called Smith "the best interviewer in the business."

Other guests included actors David Birney and Jack Larsen; former Second Lady Lynne Cheney; New York Daily News columnist Tom DeFrank; Tony Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan; former Peace Corps director Mark Gearan; Boston Red Sox president Larry Lucchino; syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin; Pulitzer Prize-winning authors James McPherson and David Maraniss; Newsweek editor Jon Meacham; John Sununu, former White House Chief of Staff; and pollster John Zogby. 

Perspectives succeeded other Smith series on 50,000-watt stations Rochester WHAM and Milwaukee WISN Radio, The Curt Smith Show and Mid-day Milwaukee, respectively. Former President George H.W. Bush was a guest. Others included NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman; NBC broadcaster Bob Costas; Metropolitan Opera soloist Robert Merrill; former U.S. Senator George Mitchell; NBC TV's Al Roker; economic commentator Louis Rukeyser; syndicated columnist George Will; and Fox News TV's Juan Williams.  

Perspectives discussed aspects of consequence to Upstate New York and the Nation, including politics, the economy, health care, education, sports, and culture. Listeners enjoyed what Upstate New York's Messenger-Post Newspapers call "Smith [being] all about ideas -- soliciting, sharing, discussing." Today he discusses them on WROC TV and in his GateHouse Media column. Viewers and readers are encouraged to e-mail him at curtsmith@netacc.net.



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