Clark Smith

Program Director (Retired 2013)


Former WEMU Program Director, Clark Smith has worked in radio, commercial and public, for 38 years and was  with WEMU for 30 years. He and wife Anne have been married for 35 years and have three of the best children in the world. Their oldest daughter is teaching English in Japan. 

The Smiths live in Superior Township, just outside of Ypsilanti. Clark’s favorite things are summer, music, and family camping trips. His least favorite things are  winter and any meeting lasting longer than 30 minutes. Fortunately, he now has plenty of times to enjoy all of these things, and very few meetings!

2:52 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

89.1 Program Director, Clark Smith, Hangs Up the Headphones After 30 Years At WEMU

Program Director, Clark Smith, is retiring after 30 years at the station. His last day was Friday, May 3.

Originally hired as News Director in May of 1983, Smith was named Program Director in 2007 and filled both positions until Morning Edition anchor, David Fair, was named News Director in August of 2012.

Under Smith’s direction the WEMU news department expanded its coverage of Washtenaw County to include the city councils and school boards in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, AATA, and many other civic groups.

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Movies and More
9:36 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Cinema Chat: The Cannes Fest, Great Gatsby, Cinetopia, and more!

Cannes Film Festival set to open,  The Great Gatsby, Cinetopia, and more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

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Health and Environment
9:36 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Where are the safe routes to school?

Grants encourage students to walk or bike to school rather than ride in a car or school bus.   First ward Ann Arbor city council member Sabra Briere is our guest this week on Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

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Movies and More
9:35 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Cinema Chat: Guide to the Oscars

More about the Oscars, including Russ's sure-fire winners; Oscar nominee shorts at the Michigan, and new openings downtown and at the cineplexes.  It's all on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

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9:39 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Winter Seed Sowing

Get a head start on your summer garden with winter seed sowing.  Master gardener Monica Milla is our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

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Movies and more
9:26 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Cinema Chat: Sure-fire Oscar Picks

Sure-fire Oscar picks; great new openings downtown, and new releases too on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

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9:22 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Public Transportation in Washtenaw County

The status and future of public transportation in Washtenaw County is the topic of this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.  Our guest is Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Chair Yousef Rabhi.

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Eastern Michigan University
9:33 am
Tue February 12, 2013

EMU Reaches Contract With Part-Time Lecturers

Eastern Michigan University and the union representing part-time lecturers have reached tentative agreement on a new four-year contract.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Eastern Michigan University
2:49 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Wednesday Night EMU - Ohio U. Basketball Game Canceled

Tonight's scheduled basketball game between the Eastern Michigan University Eagles and Ohio University Bobcats has been canceled due to a robbery on the Ohio University campus this morning.   

Ohio University officials say a gunman robbed a student around 9:30 this morning.  Because the suspect has not been apprehended, Ohio University canceled classes and activities for the remainder of the day.   Tonight's game will be re-scheduled.

Eastern Michigan University
9:30 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Vigils Tonight for EMU Student

Two vigils will be held tonight for Eastern Michigan University junior Julia Niswender, who was found dead in her off-campus apartment Tuesday night.

One vigil will be held at 8:30 tonight at the Lakehouse near the Student Center on the Eastern Michigan University campus.  The other will be held at Munson Park in Niswender's hometown of Monroe.

Ypsilanti police are investigating Niswender's death as a "possible homocide".  Preliminary autopsy results were inconclusive and more tests will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

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Movies and more
9:21 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Cinema Chat

Award nominations; Sundance at the Michigan Theater; new releases, special screenings and more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

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Movies and more
9:38 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Cinema Chat

"Frankenweenie" is the word, and Michigan Theater Programming Director Amanda Bynum explains why on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

9:04 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Cinema Chat 8/16/12


Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins made his weekly visit to "Morning Edition" and joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss what movies are available locally this week. The conversation begins with an issue that's been sending ripples through the community of fans that love the "Twilight" franchise.

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3:52 am
Wed August 8, 2012

More Primary Election Results

In Dexter Township, James Drolett has won the republican primary for Supervisor, defeating Kathryn Bowring.  Drolett will face incumbent Democrat Pat Kelly in November.
    In the Dexter Township Republican primary for the Treasurer's post, Libby Brushaber has defeated Mark Wojno.  Brushaber faces no opposition in November.

    In the Republican primary for Bridgwater Township's Board of Trustees, incumbent trustee David Faust and newcomer Wes Cowden won yesterday's vote.  Both will be unopposed in November.

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3:47 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Primary Election Results: Augusta Township

It'll be incumbent Democrat Pete Hafler facing Republican Brian Shelby in November for Augusta Township Supervisor.  Both won their respective primaries yesterday.
    In the Augusta Township Clerk's race, incumbent Democrat Kathy Giszczak and Republican Kathleen McDonald won yesterday's primary and will square off in November.
    Challenger Linda Dew appears to have won the Democratic primary for Augusta Township Treasurer yesterday, defeating incumbent Susan Burek by less than one percent.

3:45 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Primary Election Results: Ballot Proposals

Overall, ballot propositions fared well in yesterday's voting in Washtenaw County.    
    Superior Township voters said 'yes' to three money issues for police and fire services, and for a fund to defend the township's master plan and zoning ordinances.
    Manchester voters approve a millage increase for fir protection services, and York Township voters said 'yes' to a millage renewal for public safety services.
    In Sylvan Township, voters approved by a scant seven vote margin a tax increase to pay off a debt obligation to Washtenaw County.

3:43 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Primary Election Results: Ypsilanti Township

In Ypsilanti Township, the Residents First team slate of incumbents soundly defeated the challengers from the Y-Town Future team except in the Parks Commission race.
    Brenda Stumbo is back in for another term as township supervisor;  Karen Lovejoy-Roe remains township clerk, and Larry Doe remains Township Treasurer.  

3:40 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Primary Election Results: County Races

Evan Pratt has won the democratic primary to be Washtenaw County's next Water Resources Commissioner.
Pratt will face Republican Eric Sheie  in the November general election.  

In the non-incumbent 22nd circuit court race, James Fink and Carol Kuhnke were the top two vote-getters and will advance to the November ballot.

And,  in the new 7th district county commissioner democratic primary, Andy LaBarre defeated Christina Montague by a nearly two to one margin.  LaBarre will face Republican David Parker in November.

3:37 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Primary Election Results: STATE HOUSE RACES

Incumbent Democrat Jeff Irwin has won nomination for another term in yesterday's primary voting in the 53rd state house district.  Irwin will face republican John Spisak in November.
    In the 55th district democratic primary, Adam Zemke defeated Andrea Brown Harrison and will face republican Owen Diaz in November.

7:27 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Ypsilanti Township Primary Races

In Ypsilanti Township, voters have a lot of candidates from which to choose in the primary election, but it really comes down to two slates:  All the incumbents, trying to hold on against a full roster of challengers. WEMU's Clark Smith has more.

Movies and more
9:27 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Cinema Chat

Film festivals, new openings dowtown, and more.


Cinema Chat from WEMU features the Executive

Director of the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor,

Russ Collins.

Better Gardens
9:43 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Fly, Butterflies!

The Southeast Michigan Butterfly Association

This week, Clark talks to Brenda Dziedzic, co-founder and President of the Southeast Michigan Butterfly Association, about making your garden more attractive to butterflies.

9:18 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Issues of the Environment

More on oil and gas exploration in Washtenaw County.  Our guest this week is Jeffrey Cook, the President of Southwestern Oil Company based in Greenville, Michigan, and Chairman of the Michigan Oil and Gas Producers Education Foundation.

10:06 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Issues of the Environment

Oil and gas exploration in Washtenaw County.  Lodi Township residents organize to educate  landowners about the dangers of mineral rights leases.

9:54 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Issues of the Environment

Helping the homeless helps the environment too.

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