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Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #188 for the week of September 19, 2010.

This week, I’m pleased to welcome to the show a true Disney Legend, and someone whose name is synonymous with Disney history. From founding the Walt Disney Archives in 1970, to authoring numerous books, Dave Smith’s 40 year career with the company has afforded him the opportunity to preserve the magic that began with Walt himself. Dave joins me this week to discuss his career, including not just his role in the creation and legacy of the Archives, but its challenges, personal highlights, changes and his future, as he prepares to retire from this “temporary” job that lasted four decades. It’s a fascinating conversation not just about the Archives, but the person who made it a reality.

I’ll have a few announcements and then play more of your voicemails at the end of the show. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s episode of the WDW Radio Show.

Thanks for listening! Be sure to tune in next week!

Information and Links from This Week’s Show

Dave Smith – Disney Legends page

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6 thoughts on “WDW Radio Show #188 – Disney Legend Dave Smith Interview”

  1. Mark Vitek says:

    Another great one Lou! Thanks!


  2. dee anderson says:

    I have just finished listerning to interview with Dave Smith – what a great show –

  3. I can imagine how much this interview meant to you! Congratulations my friend! Fantastic! And please, include this show in the Lou Mongello WDWRadio Archives!

  4. Casey says:

    LOVED this. I had the opportunity to meet Dave Smith a long time ago when I was working at TDS. What a great man! I really enjoyed this one, thank you!

  5. Chuck Zitta says:

    That was a great show to listen to. Packed with all sorts of goodies. Really enjoyed your interview with Dave Smith and congrats on getting your books into the archives! I see recently, Walts office has safely made its way back to the archives in California from One Man’s Dream. Thanks again for another fabulous show and the effort you put into it, Lou!!!

  6. William Bragg says:

    Disney Rock Star indeed!