David D. Smith
Chairman of the Board/President/Chief Executive Officer
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.
David Smith is the chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer for Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., the nation’s largest operator of television stations. Sinclair’s television operations are diverse in programming with stations affiliated with several networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CW, MNT, Univision and Azteca). Sinclair, based in Hunt Valley, owns and operates, programs or provides sales services to 162 television stations, reaching 37.5 percent of U.S. television households.
Included among Sinclair’s business operations is Dielectric LLC, a firm that engineers, designs and manufactures components from transmitter output to tower top for television and radio broadcasters.
Smith has served as chairman, president and chief executive officer since 1990. Prior to assuming his current positions, he was general manager of WPMY-TV (formerly WPTT-TV) in Pittsburgh from 1984 to 1990, and he assumed the financial and engineering responsibility for the construction of WTTE-TV (Fox 28) in Columbus, Ohio.
In 1978, Smith co-founded Comark Communications Inc., a company engaged in the manufacture of high-power transmitters for UHF television stations. He was as an officer and director until 1986, when he sold Comark to the French manufacturing firm, Thomson S.A.
Smith’s television career began with the construction of one of the nation’s first UHF television stations, WBFF-TV in Baltimore, which began broadcasting in early 1971. He was responsible for the construction of the station and was in charge of technical maintenance until 1978.
Smith also is a principal of Atlantic Automotive, the largest car dealership in Maryland, and is a member of the board of directors of Sinclair Relief Fund; Gerstell Development LP; Keyser Investment Group Inc.; and is a member of the board of managers of Alarm Funding Associates LLC.
Smith is active in several national and local nonprofit organizations and charities.