New Orleans becomes the first city to receive syndicated programming with more stations to follow

Edited Tribune Staff

SmileyAudioMedia, Inc. recently announced that its flagship three-hour daily program, Tavis Smiley, on KBLA Talk 1580 AM is now syndicated, and WBOK 1230 AM in New Orleans will be the first city to receive the show, with more stations across the United States rolling out after Labor Day.

Tavis Smiley will continue to serve as managing editor of his signature show, which features newsmakers, influencers, authors, artists, activists, and entrepreneurs with SmileyAudioMedia, Inc. producing and syndicating the program.

“We’re excited to bring our radio program to listeners across America,” said Smiley, who recently received the coveted “Freedom of Speech” Award from Talkers 2023 and is ranked #45 on the “Heavy Hundred” list of the 100 Most Important Talk Radio Hosts in America. “Our innovative programming with groundbreaking, exclusive interviews has filled a void for African American and progressive listeners in Southern California and soon in markets throughout the United States.”  

Like WBOK, Tavis Smiley’s flagship KBLA Talk 1580 is aimed at amplifying, educating, and empowering Black voices on the airwaves. 

“We are thrilled to add an award-winning journalist and broadcaster like Tavis Smiley to our line-up, said Schuyler Williams, General Manager, WBOK. “Tavis has been at the forefront of reporting on black issues for over 20 years, and we know our listeners are going to enjoy his thoughtful reporting, commentary, and conversations.” 

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