Peter H. Smyth, chairman and chief executive officer of Greater Media, Inc., will speak at the Sawyer Business School graduate student commencement at 9:30 a.m. Saturday May 21, 2011, at the Westin Copley Hotel. Smyth oversees one of the nation’s leading broadcasting companies, with 23 AM and FM radio stations in Boston and four other major media markets.
Smyth joined Greater Media twenty-five years ago as general manager of WMJX-FM Boston and has filled various additional roles, including group vice president of radio and chief operating officer.
He began his career in broadcasting as an account executive with WROR-FM in Boston and soon after was promoted to general sales manager. RKO General, the parent company of WROR, later recruited Smyth to serve as general sales manager of its New York stations, where he directed the company’s sales operations until his departure for Greater Media in 1986.
Smyth has revolutionized the broadcasting industry by developing new technology and offering service innovations. He now oversees communications companies across America, including, in addition to radio stations, a group of weekly newspapers and several telecommunications towers.
Radio Ink Magazine, a leading broadcast industry publication, named Smyth “America’s Best Broadcaster” in 2005 and Radio Executive of the Year” in 2007. For the past decade the magazine has recognized him each year as one of the “40 Most Powerful People in Radio.”
Smyth has served as the chairman of the Radio Advertising Bureau’s board of directors, is past president of the New England Media Association, and was on the board of directors of the National Association of Broadcasters and the HD Digital Alliance Oversight Committee.
He also serves the community as a director of the New England Baptist Hospital and the One Hundred Club of Massachusetts – an organization dedicated to enhancing the welfare and safety of families of public safety officers and firefighters. He is a past member of the boards of Emerson College and the United Way of Massachusetts. His commitment to the community has been recognized often, including with the 2007 “Humanitarian of the Year” Award from the Hundred Club of Massachusetts.
Smyth is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross. He will receive the honorary Doctor of Commerce.