I’ve known Hurricane Dave Smith for close to 20 years. I remember him best for being the PD at WBLK in Buffalo, my hometown, but he has consistently created an impressive resume of various additional experiences including a stint at Reach Media before returning to programming for Urban One (formerly Radio One).
Dave is the Vice President of Programming and Operations at Urban One Atlanta. Atlanta is a market that dominates the urban radio landscape with, at last check, 11 to 13 urban or urban leaning stations. He oversees The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, The Ed Lover Show and he consults the Richmond Urban One stations.
Dave’s an admitted “computer geek” who loves technology and enjoys animation software, graphics software, flying drones, augmented reality, mountain climbing and the great outdoors.
Undoubtedly, Dave is one of, if not THE most active radio PDs on social media. I am consistently impressed at how Dave thinks outside the box and understands branding relevance. I actually talked to a couple of Dave’s staff members, unbeknownst to him or them about the interview, and they confirmed working with him is the best experience they have had in radio. I have to admit, in our industry that is rare. We took a minute to talk to Dave about radio and more…
HURRICANE DAVE: (LOL) no one’s ever asked me that before. (Pauses to check)