Broadcast Hall of Famer brings back old TV show as part of NineStar/G-C programming


David Smith used his love for old movies to create a television film festival on WISH-TV (Channel 8) in the early 1970s. He's doing the same thing now for NineStar Connect and Greenfield-Central High School. (Tom Russo / Daily Reporter)

David Smith waits for the count as he prepares to read an intro to another classic movie. (Tom Russo / Daily Reporter)

G REENFIELD — Greenfield-Central High School television teacher Bill McKenna pumped a clenched fist in the air, smiled and exclaimed to no one in particular, “That’s money in the bank.”

The money pitch, as it were, had just been thrown in the studio on the other side of the G-C production room glass by 85-year-old David Smith, a member of the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame. He was at the high school to reprise his role as host of “When Movies Were Movies” for NineStar Connect’s local Channel 9. Smith first was host of the show on local television 43 years ago, introducing movies and offering commentary years before Siskel and Ebert became famous.

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