Buzz Morning Show Host Tommy Smith Arrested for DWI


Buzz Morning Show Host Tommy Smith Arrested for DWI
Tommy Smith, in a mug shot taken after Thursday's arrest.

Tommy Smith, a morning radio host for KABZ-FM, 103.7 "The Buzz," was arrested Thursday afternoon in an apparent hit-and-run incident and charged with driving while under the influence.

The 57-year-old, who hosts 103.7's "The Show With No Name" weekday mornings, is a longtime local radio personality whose battles with substance abuse are well known. Thursday's arrest comes after an on-air collapse in September that led to hospitalization and time in a treatment facility.

According to a police report, Smith, driving a black Dodge Durango pickup, crossed the median at Colonel Glenn and I-430, hit another vehicle and kept driving. A witness followed him until a state trooper stopped Smith at I-630 and Pine Street.

The report said Smith admitted to drinking two pints of liquor and taking Xanax, which the officer found in Smith's possession.

Charges include driving while under the influence, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, leaving the scene of an accident, drinking in public and refusing to submit to a chemical test.

On Friday morning's "Show With No Name," co-host David Bazzel told listeners he couldn't discuss the news that was on everyone's mind, but added that he and other Buzz employees were keeping Smith and his wife, Karen, in their thoughts.

According to Arkansas Business news partner Today's THV, The Buzz issued this statement about the arrest late Thursday:

"The Signal Media management is investigating the matter, but because the events just occurred today, we have no further comment at this time."

Local Legend

Smith worked for Magic 105 for more than 20 years before moving to Signal Media's Buzz in 2004.

There, he joined Bazzel, a former Razorback football player, and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sports editor and "Like It Is" columnist Wally Hall.

Hall has since moved to KARN-AM 920 to co-host an afternoon sports talk show with Shawn Arnell. But "The Show With No Name" has maintained its focus on sports with regular detours into politics, entertainment and other topics.

In an interview with KATV-TV, Channel 7, last year after his on-air collapse and return to radio, Smith talked about his years of substance abuse and the struggle to get clean.

"I felt like I had to have a couple of drinks every night when I got home," he said. "And it got to the point where that was normal.

"Two became three became four and the next thing you know -- well, here I am."