WDAM Viewpoint- Bobby Smith - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

WDAM Viewpoint- Bobby Smith

One of WDAM's most iconic figures has passed away after a long illness.  Former Chief Engineer, Bobby Smith, of Ellisville, also held the record as the station's longest employee.  He came to work here in 1956, the year WDAM went on the air...and continued to work here until illness forced him to retire about a year ago.  Bobby Smith's life revolved around his God, his family and this television station.  Though you would have to practically hold him at gun point to put him on camera...he was the force behind the crew that kept the station on the air for 55 years.  He rarely took a vacation because he didn't want to get too far out of reach just in case we had technical problems that would deprive WDAM viewers from getting the information and entertainment they depended on.  Though not a familiar face in front of the camera...generations of broadcasters familiar to South Mississippi respected the man behind the scenes who made it all work.  He was a pioneer broadcaster who was essential in bringing us through the many evolutions of technology the television industry saw over the decades.  We depended on his leadership and phenomenal knowledge of every part of what makes television work.  As dedicated as he was to WDAM...he was even more passionate about his Christianity and his wife Dot and their two sons and daughter.  He was a sacrificial giver in every way.  We will deeply miss this great man…. and this television station, along with our viewers, owes a deep debt a gratitude to Bobby Smith.  Our thoughts and prayers are ever with his family--and our sadness over his passing is profound.  I'm Jim Cameron speaking on behalf of the WDAM family down through the years.

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