Broadcaster, Country Singer Chester Smith Dies
August 11, 2008 at 5:29 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of Country singer and broadcaster CHESTER SMITH, who died in PALO ALTO, CA FRIDAY of heart failure at 78.
SMITH, whose career started at the age of 9 singing on KMJ-A/FRESNO and, later, at KTRB-A/MODESTO, became a DJ on KTRB in 1947 and spent 16 years there. He also recorded country records for CAPITOL RECORDS in the 1950s and later recorded with his friend MERLE HAGGARD on an album "CALIFORNIA BLEND" on his own label in 2002 and with his wife ANN LESLEY SMITH in 2005. In 1963, he launched KLOC-A/CERES, CA and hosted a show on KOVR-TV/STOCKTON-SACRAMENTO, and started KLOC-TV/MODESTO in 1966 and KCBA-TV/MONTEREY-SALINAS in 1981. He continued to own TV stations through his SAINTE PARTNERS II company until his death and was marketing olive oil under the "OLIVEWOOD" brand name.