Looking at her resume through the years, you might even wonder what in the world is left for Smith to conquer in an industry where she has fought discrimination and injustice through the years every step of the way.
Smith began her television and radio career in 1971 when she 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 lively talk show on Sheridan’s flagship station, WAMO. Since then, Bev Smith has taken her “fire brand” style of talk shows to KDKA and WTAE Radio in Pittsburgh, WNWS in Miami, WKIS in Orlando and WRC in Washington DC. Bev also worked at Black Entertainment Television for over thirteen years, as the host of the popular national television talk show “Our Voices.”
In 2011, Bev signed off the air as host of “The Bev Smith Show” which was heard on the American Urban Radio Networks, where she was fondly known by many of her fans as “The Queen of Late Night Talk.” She hosted the show since 1998, and was the only African American woman radio talk show host who had a nationally syndicated show in the country. On the show,Bev captured her audience with the latest news makers. She has lived with the homeless, walked the streets investigating prostitutes, raised money for babies with AIDS and talked with inmates on death row.
Bev is especially passionate and devoted to educating the public about literacy; she has worked with a number of organizations focused on improving literacy in the nation, including “Reading is Fundamental”and “Head Start.” Bev is honored that in summer 2012; “The Bev Smith Library Room” will open at the newly designed Garfield Commons –Community Room at the Pride Center, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Bev Smith library room is a multi-purpose learning room that will be available for to help youth and adults grow in literacy through reading.
Over the years, Bev has received nearly 300 awards, citations and trophies for her contributions in radio and television. For the past five years, Bev Smith has been selected by Talkers Magazine as one of the most important radio talk show hosts in America; she still ranks as one of the top 50 in the nation.
Today, Bev is busy traveling the country doing what she does best, using her voice to share knowledge and find ways to uplift and unite the African American community with people of color globally. Bev is also diligently working on her life story in a biography that will tell more about her experience working in an industry that didn’t always welcome her with open arms because of her color, gender and now her age.