Dick Smyth retired from Toronto broadcasting in 1997 but remains well known both there and in Muskoka, where he now lives.
He had a 30 year career with CHUM, CITY-TV, CFTR, 680 News, CHFI, CFMT-TV and
the Toronto Sun.
Prior to that he had spent 13 years at CKLW Windsor.
After retiring, he spent a year freelancing with CFRB Toronto. Until recently he appeared
daily on AM640 and is now doing a daily commentary on Muskoka Information Radio
A collection of his writing was published by McClelland and Stewart in 1984.
He is well known as a radio and television commentator. In 1995-96, he was the co-host of
Chronicle, a daily hour-long public affairs show heard across the country. While with
CHUM, he co-anchored the CHUM National news, the first national newscast by a private
radio network in Canada.
Smyth has been honoured with several awards for news coverage and editorials. He was
the first Canadian to win the International Award of the Radio Television News Directors
Association for his coverage of the 1967 Detroit riot. He has won the Sam Ross Editorial
award in Central Canada a record six years. He was nominated three times for the Gordon
Sinclair Award for outspoken opinion and integrity in broadcasting. His documentary on
South Africa won a gold medal at the 1993 New York Radio Festival. In 1992, the Radio
Television News Directors Association of Canada presented him with the President Award, given annually to a Canadian broadcaster for outstanding contributions to the
industry. At his retirement dinner, he was cited as “a Canadian broadcasting giant, a
legend, a true original.”
Smyth has travelled extensively and is a popular speaker.
He is a native of Montreal where he attended Loyola College. He met his wife Marilyn on
his first radio job in Cornwall Ontario. They have been happily married since 1955. The
Smyths have three daughters, two granddaughters and two cats. His interests outside broadcasting include photography, chess and wine making. He loves opera as
passionately as his wife hates it. His boats are named LaBoheme, Tosca and Figaro.
(Figaro is the canoe.) Their two cats are Mimi and Rudolfo (Rudi.) Both share a passion for
Smyth is a past president of the Windsor Press Club and of the Radio Television News
Directors Association of Canada. He served as a municipal councillor in the former town of
Riverside Ontario (now part of Windsor.) He is a member of the Conference of Editorial
Writers and of the Half Century Club of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters.