1970’s

Julian Sinclair Smith

1971 – The founding of Sinclair Broadcast Group began with Julian Sinclair Smith, father and patriarch to the Smith brothers, our major shareholders. Julian had a vision that was accurate and prescient, seeing the emergence of FM radio and UHF television as emerging technologies.

His legacy of entrepreneurship and vision has lived on through what started out as an FM radio station in Baltimore, Maryland. He then added one of the first UHF television stations, our flagship station in Baltimore, MD, WBFF-TV, which signed on the air in 1971 as a single TV station that eventually grew into today’s Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Sinclair).