2 thoughts on “Wallace Smith, radio manager who stretched ‘towards something different and bolder,’ dies at 87

  1. Wally Smith hired me as Chief Operating Officer of KUSC in 1984. In addition to his enormous impact on public radio nationwide, he was an inspiring example of leadership within an organization. He had the gift of motivating his staff by believing in the potential of every single individual on his team. He also forged relationships with the leaders of top arts organizations such as the Philharmonic and the then-nascent Opera, a crucial step in making KUSC a major player in the arts world of Southern California. His charm and impish sense of humor also made him a delight to work with. I’ll never forget him.

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