Baltimore’s T.J. Smith is the newest addition to the WBAL talk lineup and will appear weekdays between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on “The T.J. Smith Show,” according to an announcement by WBAL NewsRadio 1090/FM 101.5.
Smith was the spokesperson for the Baltimore City Police Department from 2015 to 2018, where he appeared regularly on the “C4 Show” spotlighting unsolved cases, according to WBAL. Smith later served as press secretary for Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski and ran for mayor of Baltimore City in 2020.
“As a native Baltimorean who has gone to school, worked, run for office and even suffered loss in the city, I’m very familiar with the feel of the public from west Baltimore to the waterfront,” Smith said in the statement posted on WBAL’s website. “I couldn’t be more excited to join the WBAL Radio family. I look forward to delivering straight talk and sharing my opinion based on my experience working in government and in law enforcement. I’m ready to ‘tell it like it is’ in a reasonable manner.”
“The WBAL audience has known and respected T.J. for years for his frank and honest dialogue on the issues that matter most to people living and working in Baltimore,” WBAL News Director Jeff Wade said. “Whether it’s policing, politics, or talking Orioles and Ravens, we can’t think of anyone better suited to sit behind the WBAL microphone weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.”
He remains a respected mentor and advisor to members of the Baltimore public relations community, serving as emcee of the PRSA “Best in Maryland” awards and presenting workshops on PR, crisis communications and social media. He was a featured presenter at the Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit in Baltimore.
Smith can be heard locally at 1090 AM or 101.5 FM and streamed at WBAL.com and the WBAL Radio smartphone app.