Wednesday, April 7, 2021

R.I.P.: Paul Smith, Retired 1010 WINS NYC Radio News Voice

Paul Smith 1010 WINS
Saul L. Stockman aka newsman Paul Smith passed away on April 4th, 2021. He was 90 years old. 

He grew up in Boston and had a passion for information and broadcasting.  After WW2 military service. his very first on-air position was serendipitous, according to his obit.  He drove an acquaintance to an audition at a small radio station in Hartford, CT. While he waited, the station manager said that Saul should audition too since he was there. That’s the first job he got in radio and that was the beginning of Paul Smith, the radio persona.

Working his way up in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s through positions at WCCC, WPOP, and WMEX, Paul Smith joined 1010 WINS in 1965 as the station began a groundbreaking move into an all-news format. 

For nearly 30 years, his distinctive, reassuring voice defined morning drivetime in the New York metropolitan area. So iconic and representative of the era was he that Martin Scorsese cast him to be the voice of the newscast in "Goodfellas", when Ray Liotta hears the news of the Lufthansa bank heist. 

His newscasts and voice were also heard in The French Connection, Going In Style, Light Sleeper and other feature films.

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