Monday 2nd of May 2022
Gerald Smith, 74, of Lebanon, Kentucky and the president of Bardstown Radio Team, which own and operate WBRT AM/FM and WOKH-FM, died early Monday, May 2, 2022, at his home in Lebanon.
He had a long career in radio, beginning with his first radio job at WBRT, and ending his role as president and ownership partner of WBRT. Later, he was news director at three Kentucky radio stations before moving to serve as News Editor at WBKO TV in Bowling Green.
In between, his career took him around the world with entertainer Pat Boone as his tour manager, to Frankfort as Gov. Wendell Ford’s director of information and communication. He and his late wife Susan created Pitch, a political public relations and advertising agency that worked for entertainers and managed campaigns for dozens of candidates.
Pitch handled its first political campaign in 1981 and quickly expanded to include campaign management services for statewide races.
He served as chief of staff for Lexington-Fayette County Urban Government and Mayor Teresa Isacc, whose remarkable upset win in the race for mayor was managed by Pitch.
He is survived by his brother Donald, and two sons, Alaska and Adam.
Visitation will be from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Friday, May 6th at Milward-Southland located at 391 Southland Drive. Service will begin at 12:00 pm with interment to follow in Lexington Cemetery.
To share a remembrance of Gerald or to offer condolences to his family, please visit milwardfuneral.com.
Mary Helen Ivensays
DONALD & family: I am so sorry to see this post. 😢 He's soaring with a lot of wonderful 😇 Angels'. God bless and be with each of you!!
Besides being a great brother-in-law, Gerald was a real genius of communications, public relations, and marketing! Teacher, advisor, strategist and field general, Gerald had talents that left a profound impact on all of Kentucky.
Loved working with Gerald & Susan. He was brilliant and will truly be missed..I have lots of good memories working on campaigns with him. RIP my good man.