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bjBarbara Smith-Cox, news director at WNAV-AM in Annapolis and an advocate for African-American breast cancer survivors like herself, has died.

Barbara Cox, died Friday morning at her Arnold home. She was 55 years old.

The station reports her family attributed her death to natural causes.

She had fought and won a battle against breast cancer and emceed a forum on cancer survival the night before she died.

Smith-Cox started working part-time at WNAV-AM after moving to the area from Florida.

She was quickly promoted to on the air full-time, and she became news director three years ago.

WNAV station manager Steve Hopp said, “Barbara was part of the nucleus of this station. We had a pretty tight working family. It is very difficult for us

The best thing about her was everybody loved her. She made a big impact with the community and all her involvement. She was everywhere humanly possible, gathering the news.

Barbara Cox affectionately known as ‘BJ’ also work part-time at Radio-One Baltimore, Magic 95.9. She spent the early 2000’s doing fill in work & hosting the early morning Sat show.

Operation Manager, Al Payne said, “BJ’S voice and smile will be missed. She loved radio and was dedicated to her craft and the people she touched.”

Rio-One, Inc & Magic 95.9 co-workers send our condolencess to the entire family!