Dillon Smith, a longtime NBC executive in Chicago, died Feb. 21, 2013 at his Naples home. He was 71. Dillon was a great friend to the Academy. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Chicago Television Academy for 25 years. For eight years, he chaired the committee that selected inductees into the academy’s Silver Circle.
Text below is from Northwestern’s Hall of Fame page:
Smith is an award-winning broadcaster and journalist whose career included 15 years with WMAQ-TV/NBC in Chicago. He established Dillon Smith Communications in 1984. His company developed and produced television programming, including “Dreesen Street,” an entertainment special syndicated by Multimedia Entertainment.
During his years as program director of WMAQ-TV, Smith was responsible for development of “On Stage on 5,” the station’s highly acclaimed series of theatrical productions, and the “You” magazine program that won Emmy Awards three consecutive years. From 1972 to 1980, Smith was editorial director of WMAQ-TV. In that position he also produced documentaries for the station, one of which won the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award in 1976.
See Robert Feder’s post as well at: https://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/chicago-media-blog/16089006/a-respected-voice-in-chicago-dillon-smith-made-a-difference