Greater Washington
Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

Bernie Smilovitz

Bernie Smilovitz

Sport: Broadcasting
Category: Television Personality
Primary Team: null
Year Inducted: 2004

Bernie Smilovitz has been living a dream that he first envisioned when he was 5 years old. He grew up in Southeast Washington, D.C. and could see the lights of RFK Stadium from his bedroom window. His family later moved to Silver Spring and after attending the University of Michigan, he got his first job at WTOP Radio in 1976. In 1979 he began his television career at WTTG/Channel 5. Then in 1986 the hometown boy moved to Detroit where his career blossomed at WDIV Bernie has won 6 local Emmys and his segments such as “Weekend at Bernie’s” and “Bernie’s Bloopers” have become household phrases in Detroit. He even has his own golf tournament “The Bernie Smilovitz Celebrity Classic” which helps raise money for the hungry.

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