1370 Connection Host & Contributors

Bob Smith, host and producer, "1370 Connection"

Bob Smith has been in broadcasting since before his 20th birthday, when he landed his first full-time radio job as a reporter/anchor for a Syracuse station while simultaneously enrolled in graduate school.

Since then, Bob has not only covered and reported the news for stations in Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo, but earned a Ph.D. in American political and legal history from Cornell University, taught undergraduate American political and diplomatic history courses at Cornell, and managed and co-owned a Rochester-based manufacturing firm supplying component parts to worldwide customers in the auto and aerospace industries as well. In the midst of all that, he's found time for community service, having worked as a member of the Board of Directors of the Rochester Rotary Club and the Small Business Council of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce. He's also author of the first of a series of major task force reports for the Urban League of Rochester which helped launch public school reform in the city.

It's that varied background in business, broadcasting and community service that Bob has brought to the Rochester airwaves since 1988 as host of WXXI-AM's daily afternoon talk program, "1370 Connection." We've covered the world on :"1370 Connection," talking with newsmakers and opinion makers about issues that span the globe, AND hit close to home here in the Western and Central New York region. We cover our neighborhood in the global village every weekday.


1370 Connection regular panelists

1370 Connection reflects not only the work of host Bob Smith and all of our colleagues on the news and public affairs team, but the contributions of a number of popular regular guests who appear monthly on the program. We'd like you to meet them.

Tom Proietti
We are all consumers of the media, print, broadcast and online. Tom Proietti, who appears with us monthly on 1370 Connection, is uniquely qualified to make us all more media literate. He’s currently a professor and former chairman of the communications faculty at Monroe Community College, and an adjunct instructor on media issues in Britain’s university system who delivers annual lectures and seminars in London. Trained in both the undergraduate and graduate programs of Syracuse University’s renowned Newhouse School of Journalism and Commun-ications, he’s not only taught media but served as a radio and television personality, a broadcast journalist, and broadcast and cable executive in large markets across upstate New York.

Kathy Bromley
The economy is more than just facts and figures. It needs analysis and context, and we call on Kathy Bromley to provide it. She is an author, economic analyst, and professor of economics and business at Monroe Community College. One of her specialties, is the demystifying of economic concepts and presentation of economic fact in plain logical language, without the cant and jargon we often find accompanying it---a talent which has made her much in demand as a lecturer.

Mike Tanzini and Greg Frank
Mike and Greg first became familiar to audiences across NY State a decade ago from their regular appearances on the statewide "New York Lawn And Garden" a broadcast which originated on our sister station WXXI-TV and was seen from Buffalo to Long Island and all points in between. Now, in addition to their full time work as lawn, tree, and garden experts for the Ted Collins tree and lanscape firm, they share their expertise with you during the first hour of 1370 Connection on the third Wednesday of each month, from March through December.

Jerry Ludwig
Jerry Ludwig is a native upstate New Yorker. But his work as a contractor, remodeler and homebuilder has taken him throughout the eastern United States. Holder of an undergraduate degree from Muskingum College and graduate degree from the University of Virginia, he's operated Ludwig Associates, a Rochester-based regional home inspection and consulting firm, since 1986. He's been the author of the weekly "Home Front" column in the Democrat and Chronicle for a decade. Hear his answers to your home remodeling questions on the first hour of 1370 Connection, on the third Thursday of each month.

Edith Lank
Your home is not just a place to live, it’s also an investment—the biggest one most of us will make. Getting the best value out of it whether purchasing or selling it, is a crucial task, and Edith Lank has been helping a national readership with that task for many years. An experienced realtor in her own right, she is also author of the bestselling Complete Homebuyer’s Kit and Complete Homeseller’s Kit. Her nationally syndicated column on residential real estate has been a weekly staple of over 100 newspapers across the nation for three decades.

Joe Marchese
For over three decades, Joe Marchese has provided his students at Monroe Community College with instruction on money management and financial planning, turning thousands of them into smarter and better-informed investors. Before entering the teaching field he served as an executive in the communications industry, and has also provided financial planning consultation to private investors in the Rochester metropolitan area. He's shared his strategy for conservative, diversified investment with 1370 Connection listeners during the first hour of the program on the last Wednesday of each month since 1990.

Yvonne Jordan and Jack Wanderman

Singly, they’re experts on a wide variety of antiques and collectibles, from glass and ceramics to furniture to silver to books. Together, they form the “College of Collectible Knowledge” which gathers together to answer listeners’ questions on antiques during the first hour of 1370 Connection on the first Thursday of each month. They’re a group of friends dedicated to carrying on the work of spreading knowledge about antiques and collectibles, begun on the air and in the community many years ago by our good friend, the late Ed Cornwell. They’re also active as appraisers and marketers of antiques in Rochester.

In Memoriam


We also pay tribute to longtime friends and contributors to our program who are no longer with us…but helped shape 1370 Connection and are still fondly remembered by all the program’s regular listeners.

Lew Schumann


John MacNaughton
John MacNaughton made history come alive for generations of Western and Central New Yorkers, first in the classrooms of the University of Buffalo, SUNY Brockport and Monroe Community College.. But his biggest ‘classes’ were the thousands of WXXI listeners he reached through his regular monthly appearances on 1370 Connection on the second Thursday of each month for 15 years. Before World War II, John, a U of R graduate who still lives in his longtime family home in Caledonia, taught history in schools in Cortland County, NY. After wartime service in the Army Air Force, he returned to the region and to graduate school and to the college classroom. John retired from active teaching in the late 1980s, but remained very busy with research, writing and lecturing on history, specializing in American history of the 19th and early 20th centuries, until his passing in the fall of 2003 at the age of 88. He was a good friend, warmly remembered and greatly missed.

Ed Cornwell
Before Antiques Roadshow, before the explosion of vendors, museums, and publications on the subject around the region and around the country, Ed Cornwell was antiques and collectibles to a generation of Rochesterians. For thirteen years, until his sudden illness and passing in the fall of 2002 at the age of 66, Ed’s monthly appearance every first Thursday was one of the most popular regular hours on radio in Rochester. He provided warmth, wit, and solid advice to all who approached him with a question about virtually every kind of collectible you could imagine---and he brought to the task an encyclopedic knowledge of the subject. He was truly a friend of all of us, and all who listened for the information and the humor he’d bring to every appearance—and he’ll never be forgotten.


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