Billy J Smith

Broadcaster and Commentator - Rugby League


"Colourful, engaging and entertaining"


Billy J Smith's career as both a radio announcer and Rugby League commentator spanned five decades. He began work as an announcer in Longreach and Mt. Isa and was part of 4IP becoming Brisbane's number 1 station in the 1970's. His association with commentating Rugby League at this ground began when 4IP won the broadcast rights and continued when he joined Channel 7, calling the very first State of Origin game in 1980 and then the Brisbane Broncos during the early years. He also hosted Channel 7's Sportscene programme for five years. At the time of his passing, Billy was Brisbane's undisputed number 1 corporate Master of Ceremonies.

Inducted on May 30 2019 by the Hon. Mick de Brenni, Minister for Sport.

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