2006 Inductee

With a career in broadcasting that began in 1963 and continued until his death in 2004, Clip Smith embodied what makes up so many media personalities: an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and a curiosity that leads to a diverse and interesting life. Clip not only had a career in radio and television where he was an anchor/reporter/talk show host, he also was a newspaper columnist (Union-Sun & Journal) and teacher, having taught at Medaille College and in the Lockport school systems. Clip, a member of the Lockport Federation of Musicians, was willing to play his tuba wherever and whenever the opportunity arose. Not just a Sunday player, Clip earned a music scholarship to SUNY Buffalo and was a member of their Marching Band. Later he became a concert soloist playing the trombone, euphonium, tuba and string base. In recognition of Clip’s broadcasting excellence he was awarded the Elliott Steward Award in 1970 for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcast News in New York State. Politics was Clip’s other main interest. He was active in the Lockport Republican Party and served on the Lockport School Board. In 2005 the City of Lockport Republican Committee posthumously named him Republican of the Year in recognition of outstanding leadership and service. No one who ever heard Clip on the air will forget his puns, Clips Quips, as he fondly called them. An example? How about: Do all policemen have an arresting personality? Irv Weinstein remembers Clip this way: Clip had a crazy mind, a photographic memory and all kinds of eclectic interests. All of which make for an interesting life.

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