We had the good fortune of connecting with Cliff Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cliff, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
My favorite quote is also a daily affirmation that came to me out of the blue one day and it goes like this, “The Spirit Of Universal Love is the S.O.U.L. of all that is”. To me, that says it all about why we are here and what our mission is. If the Universe has a Soul, then it’s our job to remember that we are all created from the same source that is the soul of all that exists. It’s a quick, easy way to remind myself, even in the most trying times, that we are all made from the spirit of love and we are all part of the same SOUL.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My professional career(s) have taken a few twists and turns over the years. My dream as a boy growing up in rural Georgia, was to be a radio host. I achieved that dream at age 18 when I began a 25 year career in broadcasting. My niche was always jazz. so I went from hosting a top jazz show on a popular Atlanta radio station to working as a Program Director, Music Director and on-air host for some of the first Smooth Jazz stations in the USA in places like Raleigh/Durham, Boston, Philadelphia and Phoenix. Now, I host “Today’s Jazz for Arizona” from 3-7 pm on Sky7Music.com. In addition to my radio career, I became a voiceover artist, working as the voice for television, films, audiobooks, internet applications, corporate training videos, cartoons, IVR telephone systems and video games. I was even the Public Address Announcer for the Atlanta Hawks during their 1983-84 season at the Omni arena. Since then, I’ve also worked as an actor in Hollywood and Phoenix, playing lead roles as detectives, criminals, suburban dads, and more on camera and onstage. Another aspect of my life has been in the health and nutrition industry. In 2007, I created one of the first online health food stores at BestHealthFoodStore.net. We offer exclusive health and nutrition products that cannot be purchased in retail stores. Our health food store online is still going strong today. My most recent career twist came in 2016 when I became a licensed health insurance agent. This has turned out to be the perfect job for my skillset. My clients say that I explain complex insurance plans clearly and simply. I think this is because of my broadcast and acting experience. Now, I’m able to help many of my friends and former listeners get the best health care coverage I can find for their situation. Some of them are turning 65 and I help them easily navigate the complex maze of Medicare, too.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Upon my first arrival in Phoenix in 1994, I received a grand welcome to the Grand Canyon State at the Desert Botanical Garden. This is a must for anyone visiting the Valley. Close by is the Tempe Town Lake bike path that makes for great fun on two wheels, or rent a boat and cruise the lake. Top Golf might be next on the agenda for fun and games. After that, get some culture at the Scottsdale Art Center or the Musical Instrument Museum, voted one of the top museums in America. Then, we would head to Old Town Scottsdale where some of the best restaurants in the world can be found. My favorite for food and ambience is The Mission. I would have to work in a couple hikes and/or mountain bike rides for visitors to Arizona. Tom’s Thumb and Pinnacle Peak are easy choices for hikers. South Mountain, the largest municipal park in the world, offers more rugged adventures for hikers and bikers, and the McDowell Sonoran Preserve has the most fun, flowing mountain bike trails in the Valley. Other great biking areas are Gold Canyon, North Mountain Preserve, and Hawes Trails. Almost everyone has to hike Camelback Mountain at least once in life, so that is definitely part of the tour.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
When I was a radio host on Smooth Jazz, 95.5 FM, KYOT, it was my great honor to interview some famous musicians and authors that I admired. Author and motivational speaker, Dr. Wayne Dyer, was one of my favorites. His writing always put me in a great frame of mind for achieving success and the interviews with him were always fun. One of my favorite memories is when he was in the Army and mentioned being referred to as a “disturbing element”, but for laughs he rephrased it as “a scurvy elephant”. Other great authors that I spoke with were Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, and Neale Donald Walsch. They all helped me create a better life through their writing. A group I’d like to recognize today is the Superstition Mountains Regional Business Alliance (SMRBA). This is an East Valley networking group that is a collection of entrepreneurs who support each other in business and in life. I’ve met many wonderful people in SMRBA and have been part of some fun events, like the Superstition Mountains Music Festival. Several members have become clients, but I really think of them more as friends. It’s a great group of people who have supported me and my businesses as I have also supported theirs. In fact, the leader of the group, Mike Lamb, has created an online radio network called Sky7music.com and I host the station known as “Today’s Jazz for Arizona” every day from 3-7 pm.