Milton Smith aka Million Dollar Milt of KJLH
No-streak window cleaning comes with experience and satisfaction guaranteed.
By Brian W. Carter, Sentinel Staff Writer
Milton Smith, 65, is a jack-of-all-trades, having worked in many diverse fields of business and professions and has been featured in “Who’s Who in Black Los Angeles.” He’s always prided himself on staying busy and committed to doing things he loved. Smith is operations manager for No Streak Window Cleaning (NSWC) with his son Marcus J. Smith. Smith’s work ethic and dedication to his job comes from a long history of experience.
Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Smith came to Los Angeles in the 1950s at the age of 9 to stay with his mother and grandmother. Surprisingly, one of Smith’s first jobs was selling the Sentinel in the neighborhood. “I came up with a little route of people who would buy every week,” said Smith. “I had a little route of for-sure sales.”
Smith attended Thomas Jefferson High School, where he developed a love and skill in gymnastics. He would enjoy accolades and titles competing in gymnastic competition throughout high school and college. “I took second in city in 1963 on the … pommel horse,” said Smith.
He also showed an interest in graphic arts, which also won him further accolades. Smith was a decorated student and “knight” in high school, which gave him more responsibilities and duties. He would later attend Los Angeles City College and planned to continue with gymnastics. Unfortunately, familial circumstances would cause Smith to put college on hold and seek employment.
For a moment, Smith worked as a DJ for clubs and events. At the same time, a previous internship at a picture-framing company turned into a full-time job as supervisor for the company. In the late ’80s, Smith began an internship at then-KJLH Radio. The internship would turn into multiple spots on the station on the weekends, which earned him the nickname ”Million Dollar Milt.”
As time went by, the picture framing company Smith had worked at for many years went out of business. Smith took another job working for security firm contracted with Fox Studios. He eventually became supervisor of a group of security officers and held the position until he recently retired from that job.
As a supervisor at companies, as a radio DJ and as an all-around exemplary employee, Smith is now taking pride in making windows shine their best. His son, Marcus, founded and started NSWC in 2000 and has been enjoying success ever since.
NSWC cleans windows on homes, storefronts and condos on the inside and outside. They also clean screens, tracks, panels and skylights. Their prices are affordable and can be negotiated depending on the job. They also pressure wash driveways and your whole house.
As operations manager, Smith is active in making sure the job gets done right. “By me being a person that has been supervising, basically all my life … we go faster … quality is better,” said Smith. “I make sure the operations are going right.”
Many of their clients include dress shops, nail shops and restaurants. They also have high-end clientele who use their services, such as Fox 11’s Tony McEwing and actress Penelope Ann Miller; recently they even did cleaning for UCLA.
“That’s what we pride ourselves on, no streaks,” said Smith.
For more information on No Streak Window Cleaning, you can contact them at (323) 632-7207. You can also reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can visit their site at nostreakwindowcleaning.com.
You can still catch Smith on Radio Free 102.3 KJLH Fridays 12 a.m. – 5 a.m. and all holidays.