Ernie Smith, Sports Announcer
Earnest Maynard "Ernie" Smith was one of San Francisco's early sports announcers. His
education at the University of California at Berkeley brought him fame as an athlete, despite the interruption of World
War I, where he gained the rank of Captain with the U.S. Army. He held the Pacific Coast
swimming championship for five years, and won the national water polo championship in 1920.
Early work as a sports writer introduced him to broadcasting at KYA, and he was heard up and
down the coast on the short-lived ABC network and later on NBC. He was heard broadcasting
a wide variety of sporting events from San Francisco, including baseball, football,
ice hockey, wrestling, boxing,
crew races, track meets and even parades. His enthusiastic, detailed descriptions of sporting events
won him a loyal following among radio listeners.
Ernie Smith passed away in Sonoma on September 1, 1974, at the age of 80. His
obituary, shown below, referenced his many accomplishments in and out of
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SOURCE: Obituary from United Press International, via Nevada
(Reno) State Journal, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 1974.
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