Hal Smith

Hal Smith


Hal Smith's entire professional life has blended technology and the arts. Hal started his electronics career at age thirteen with a ham license. He joined the United States Navy and afterwards worked for several defense contractors as a technician and field engineer. He was a staff research engineer at Illinois Institute for Juvenile Research and University of Chicago. He was active in Chicago theatre, doing lighting and sound design with the Last Stage and designing and operating sound systems for a dance festival hosting companies such as the Alvin Ailey, and Joffrey Ballet companies. The highlight of the festival for Hal was working directly with John Cage, creating and performing live electronic music with him and David Tudor during Merce Cunningham performances. He later worked in New York theatre on staff at the 92nd Street YMHA and many avant-garde companies. He returned to Chicago to further his education, earning a Master's of Science in Teaching Physics degree at Roosevelt University later teaching at the University of the South. He was asked to assume Chief Engineer duties for the University's radio station as a faculty advisor. A chance occurrence found him taking a job as Chief Engineer at a commercial radio station in Anniston, Alabama, moving on to stations in Gadsden/Birmingham, Boston, etc. He moved to Oklahoma City to take a job at the KAAT and fifteen years ago started his own engineering consulting firm, AM/FM Services Company, providing broadcast engineering contract and consulting services to many clients here. His favorite radio station is KUCO, arguably one of the finest classical music stations in the country, and he is thrilled to be associated with the station as its Chief Engineer. He has continued his relationship with theatre as Resident Lighting Designer and Master Engineer with Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (CityRep).

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