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Jay Scott Smith Departs KYW

KYW afternoon anchor Jay Scott Smith has exited in a cost-cutting move from the Audacy-owned station.

Smith joined KYW as a part-time anchor in 2019 before ascending to afternoon anchor in 2020.

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“I loved what I did there. I loved working with all of the guys in that room,” he told The Philadelphia Inquirer. “I hate that it ended this way, and I wish I had gotten the chance to formally say goodbye.”

The 43-year-old added his contract was slated to expire in November and had already contemplated moving in a different direction. He also said he would be interested in remaining in radio or television in the city.

“If anyone is in need of this voice of mine, I would be happy to step in,” said Smith. “I’ve got plenty more to say.”

Smith spent three years at Philadelphia public radio station WHYY as a reporter and anchor before joining KYW. He moved to Philadelphia after spending time at stations in Lansing and Flint, Michigan. The Michigan native also worked at The Detroit News and

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