Joe Smith

Dan Strassberg
Thu Jul 6 19:13:34 EDT 2006

Well, he DIDN'T BEGIN at WMEX, and if he said that to whomever wrote the
article, he was LYING. He apparently started at WVDA and did a relatively
brief stint at WMEX about half a dozen years later. He used the reputation
of WMEX under the Richmonds to burnish his credentials, which, except for
his involvement in payola, really don't need burnishing. This is an
excellent example of what Donna was talking about. Saying something--even if
you say it on a page that is referenced by Google--doesn't make it so. Or
put another way, yes, and KDKA was the world's first radio station.

Dan Strassberg,
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Roger Kolakowski" <>
To: "Dan Strassberg" <>; "Paul B. Currier"
<>; <>;
"Donna Halper" <>
Sent: Thursday, July 06, 2006 6:32 PM
Subject: Re: Joe Smith

> Last Resource...I promise!
> "Berklee Today" Summer 1992
> "A Forum for Contemporary Music and Musicians"
> Page 3 (Berklee Beat)
> "Joe Smith, president and
> Chief Executive Officer of
> Capitol-EMI Music, began
> his music business career in
> the 1950s as a top-rated disk
> jockey for Boston's WMEX
> radio station. In 1960 he entered
> the record promotion
> field, taking a position at
> Warner Bros. Smith showed
> a unique ability to spot and
> promote major talents, including
> Van Morrison, the
> Grateful.Dead, James Taylor,
> the Doobie Brothers,
> and Seals and Crofts..."

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