Ernest Maynard Smith
Sportscasting Pioneer & Legend
The final edition of the venerable “Sports Page” program hosted by Ernie Smith on KYA (1260 kc.) before the show is taken over by Jack McDonald. As Ernie says goodbye, he receives a parting gift from the program’s sponsor, the Roos Brothers chain of clothing stores (later known as Roos/Atkins). This presentation is taken from a set of two glass-based transcription discs (four sides) which have been edited together to form the recording heard here; it contains many pops, skips and “rough patches,” but is a rare and interesting example of a typical sports report from the era featuring one of the true pioneers of the format.
“E.M.” is joined by San Francisco Examiner sports columnist Prescott Sullivan and Chronicle Sporting Green editor Bill Leiser on KPO (680 kc.) as the trio of gridiron experts make their picks for the New Year’s Day college bowl games. The recording heard here, aired at 8:15 p.m. on Christmas Day 1942, is of part one and part three of the actual broadcast; unfortunately, the glass-based disc bearing the middle segment was cracked in half during decades of storage.
SOURCE: Obituary from United Press International, via Nevada (Reno) State Journal, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 1974.
Recordings heard on this page were generously provided to
the Bay Area Radio Museum by the family of Ernie Smith.
This page is dedicated to the memory of Win Smith