1998 Inductee

Created “Howdy Doody” at WNBC-TV in New York City and launched that ground-breaking children’s show on the full NBC network in 1947. A winner of multiple Emmys for his Doodyville characters, he also earned the coveted Peabody Award for his combination of wholesome entertainment and good citizenship during Howdy’s 13-year run at the top of the dinnertime audience ratings. Before becoming one of the icons of early television, Smith was a singer, actor and personality at WBEN and WGR Radio in his hometown.

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