California native, Elaina D. Smith has become one of the strongest female presences in country radio. While working at Entertainment Tonight and The Insider in Los Angeles, Elaina found her true passion when she got an opportunity to work with the wildly popular Dave, Shelly and Chainsaw morning show. She caught the bug and never looked back. Since then, Elaina has hosted shows in San Diego, Florida and now over 100 stations simultaneously on NASH Nights Live each night.
Though her radio career has been relatively short, she has already interviewed more artists and performers than most broadcasters do in their entire career and she’s often caught hosting huge country music events in front of thousands of people. Also, if there is a country music red carpet, she’s on it. In addition to her on air presence, Elaina has become a go-to person in the industry when it comes to social media, speaking at numerous events, including the Country Music Seminar, NAB Show and universities.
Elaina is a Gracie Award winning broadcaster, who recently added “actress” to her resume when she was asked to appear as herself opposite Hayden Panettiere on CMT’s Nashville. You might also recognize her voice as the newest addition to the ACM Awards announcing team on CBS along with her NNL co-host Shawn Parr. Elaina is also the host of “Women Want to Hear Women” a female focused podcast. She has become one of the few women leading the conversation within the industry, about the lack of females in Country Music.
When she’s not working, you’ll probably find Elaina with her rescue dog Zoey, watching The Office on Netflix for the 278954234 time. If not, she’s either at the gym, discovering new music around Nashville, at a Disney park or covering a song on YouTube. Find her @ElainaDSmith across social media!