FUNK FLEX EXPOSES UGLY EXPERIENCES IN RADIO AS HE MOURNS PIONEERING HIP HOP PROGRAMMER STEVE SMITH

FUNK FLEX EXPOSES UGLY EXPERIENCES IN RADIO AS HE MOURNS PIONEERING HIP HOP PROGRAMMER STEVE SMITH

The music industry is reeling after the passing of pioneering radio programmer Steve Smith

who died suddenly on Thursday (July 7) at the age of 62

Smith’s family confirmed his passing in a statement to All Access, which read

 “The industry is mourning the devastating loss of veteran programmer and broadcast executive Steve Smith

Steve unexpectedly passed away peacefully at home, in his sleep, on July 7, 2022.

“Steve’s highly successful career spanned 40 years and has broken countless records, won countless awards

and has irrevocably changed the landscape of American radio for the better

Details regarding the celebration of his life will be forthcoming.”

Hot 97 radio personality Funk Flex quickly expressed his devastation via Instagram on Sunday (July 10)

while also exposing some of the ugliness he encountered coming up in New York radio.

“(RADIO LAUNDRY) R.I.P TO THE 2ND MOST IMPORTANT MAN IN BLACK RADIO NEXT TO FRANKIE CROOKER… #RipSTEVESMITH,”

he began in all caps. “STEVE SMITH… ALONG WITH JUDY ELLIS, JOEL SALKOWITZ

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