Ron Smith, radio personality

Ron Smith, who came to Baltimore 38 years ago as a weekend TV anchorman but found his greatest success on radio as WBAL's "Voice of Reason," died Dec. 19 of pancreatic cancer at his home in Shrewsbury, Pa.. He was 70.<br>
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In describing what being a radio talk-show host meant to him, Mr. Smith once said, "It's what I do. It's who I am. It's my creative expression." He was only half kidding when he took to referring to himself as "<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="GENRE000085" title="Talk Shows (genre)" href="/topic/arts-culture/genres/talk-shows-%28genre%29-GENRE000085.topic">Talk Show</a> Man" after a Sun columnist called him that in the paper.

Ron Smith, who came to Baltimore 38 years ago as a weekend TV anchorman but found his greatest success on radio as WBAL's "Voice of Reason," died Dec. 19 of pancreatic cancer at his home in Shrewsbury, Pa.. He was 70.

In describing what being a radio talk-show host meant to him, Mr. Smith once said, "It's what I do. It's who I am. It's my creative expression." He was only half kidding when he took to referring to himself as "Talk Show Man" after a Sun columnist called him that in the paper.

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David Zurawik has been The Baltimore Sun's TV critic since 1989. His writings on TV and media have appeared in such publications as Esquire magazine and American Journalism Review. He has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an M.A. in specialized reporting (on popular culture) from the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of The Jews of Prime Time (Brandeis University Press), a look at 50 years of Jewish characters and identity on network TV. He has also been with WYPR-FM (88.1) radio since 1994 and can be heard Thursday mornings at 7:30 doing a weekly "Take on Television" report.

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