Well-known programmer and consultant Steve Smith has passed away a few days ago. According to multiple tributes shared by his friends and families on social media, Steve Smith died on Thursday morning at age 62.
According to his friends and families, Steve Smith, during his radio programming years worked with Ryan Seacrest, Johnjay and Rich, Brooke and Jubal shot, Dave Ryan, and Jamie And Danny amongst others. The cause of Steve Smith’s death was not immediately identified at the time of this publication. Multiple families and friends identified Steve Smith as a loving and caring personality that has the minds of others.
Socials Media Tributes to Steve Smith
Today, I received this heartbreaking news about someone who has been a mentor, leader, and friend to me since 1999. Steve was a talent whisperer and a radio programming genius that we all looked up to and respected. He had so much life and passion in him. Steve loved radio, loved talent, and loved building brands to be iconic. He championed me and my career and made me a better programmer and talent coach as a mentor. He always said, I reminded him of him and that was the biggest compliment I could ever receive from him. Just humbled and honored to be on his team when he was our VP of Programming at CMG. We had so many wins and created so many great memories together. Our industry is going to miss his presence and passion. We would call each other brothers and end every call with “I love you”. I’m going to miss my crazy passionate rock star friend and my brother. RIP Steve Smith. I can’t believe I just typed those words. This is so unbelievably crazy. 💔 Please keep his fiancé, son, and family in our thoughts and prayers as they mourn his loss in their lives. Love and Light.
Stunned and deeply saddened to learn of the untimely loss of legendary programmer Steve Smith. Our career paths crossed several times over the last 40 years. He was so bright and his influence was truly on a global scale. His unassuming manner and skills made scores of industry people better in many ways as he played significant roles in dozens of situations. We worked closely together as he brought my research company into some projects of his in New York City. Steve will be greatly missed but his presence will live on and be felt for generations. RIP old friend.
Both were shocked and saddened to learn of Steve Smith’s passing this morning. He was one of the greatest and most influential radio programmers of his generation. When we worked at Chancellor/AMFM, Steve, Tom Poleman, and I were all promoted to SVP of Programming on the same day. I couldn’t believe I would have the opportunity to work side by side with Steve Smith. After nearly 20 years, Steve and I recently reconnected for a project in Phoenix. Steve was still as brilliant and passionate as ever and he hadn’t aged a day. Steve had an extraordinary gift for working with talent, and I remember being in the studio one night at Mega 92.3 in Los Angeles with Steve and the iconic Smokey Robinson. Steve was coaching Smokey through his nightly radio show in the most gentle, kind, and effective way. It was beautiful to watch the two of them make magic. My heartfelt condolences go out to his fiance and family. RIP.
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