Jonathan P. Smith

News & Call-in Program Producer

Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.

After failing to find work as the president's chief of staff or as a highly paid lobbyist, he took a job parking cars next to Ford's Theatre. (To this day it remains one of his favorite jobs). From parking cars he moved on to doing energy/regulatory work at a few law firms. However, once he realized he wouldn't be promoted to lawyer, he decided to pursue a career in public radio.

Thanks to the kindness of a staffer on The Diane Rehm Show, he began as a volunteer with that nationally-syndicated NPR program and worked his way up to full-time producer. After nine years with The Diane Rehm Show, he moved to New Hampshire to be the Executive Producer of New Hampshire Public Radio's Word of Mouth. In the Fall of 2010, he joined the Maine Public Broadcasting Network to help launch it's new, interactive radio program Maine Calling.

When not producing radio programs, Jonathan spends his time with his wonderful wife and their two young sons. He also likes to play golf, and tries his best not to injure himself while playing pickup football and basketball games with much younger players.

Maine
10:35 am
Tue September 2, 2014

AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary

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In nineteen ninety-four President Clinton swore in the first group of AmeriCorps Volunteers.  Today, tens of thousands of Americorps volunteers work throughout the US.  More than fifty-five hundred Mainers have served more than seven and a half million hours in AmeriCorps, working here and across the country to tackle some of our country's most pressing problems. We'll discuss the work of AmeriCorps Volunteers on today's show and what the future may hold for the organization.

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Courts and Crime
12:00 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

The Judges

The Judges

  The two Maine judges who we had on 5/3/12 to talk divorce returned to answer more of your divorce questions and talk family law.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

Andrew 'Mark' Horton, who has been a judge since 1999, first on the Maine District Court and now on the Maine Superior Court, and

John David Kennedy, who was appointed as a Judge of the Maine District Court in 2002, and sits in the District Court in mid-coast Maine.

Together they have written a book, Do Your Divorce Right.

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Business
12:00 am
Thu December 8, 2011

News from the World of Automobiles

  Car Talk, MPBN-style. Host Jonathan Smith and Automotive Editor for US News & World Report Jamie Page Deaton discuss the latest news from the world of automobiles and answer listener questions about which car to buy and how to get the best deal.

This call-in program was hosted by Jonathan Smith, who, along with the listening public, directed questions to Ms. Deaton about the automotive industry.

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