Resident Set Builder
Robert Earl Smith was one of the early pioneers in television, beginning his career at WAFG-TV, Huntsville AL in 1958, two weeks before it signed on the air as the third broadcasting station in the state of Alabama. He held positions in all departments of television broadcasting and at all four major network affiliates. He retired as Vice President and Promotion Director for Times Mirror Television Broadcasting Group, which included stations in Dallas, TX, St Louis, MO, Birmingham, AL, Austin, TV, Syracuse, NY, Harrisburg PA, and Elmira, NY. For the next five years, he honed his carpentry hobby into a master craftsman woodworker. He returned to television in 2002 as Director of Promotions for Waitt Broadcasting of Albany,GA.
Over his fifty year career, he received many awards and accolades for innovations and achievements across the entire spectrum of advertising activities, among them 3 Emmys, 2 Tellys, 2 Marconis, and over a hundred local ad club awards.
Since his final retirement from broadcasting in 2007, Smith has combined his broadcasting experience and his carpentry hobby to design and create many stage sets and props for several organizations, including The Whole Backstage in Guntersville AL, and Christian Youth Theatre and Performers Warehouse Productions, both in the Atlanta area. He and his wife recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary. They have 3 married children and 6 grandchildren, and divide their time between homes in Johns Creek, GA and Guntersville, AL.