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The Tavis Smiley Show

The Tavis Smiley Show was an American public broadcasting radio talk show. A television show, simply titled Tavis Smiley, was a late-night television program on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Both shows featured Tavis Smiley as host.

The Tavis Smiley Show
Presented byTavis Smiley
Country of originUnited States
Producer(s)Tavis Smiley
Original releaseJanuary 5, 2004 –
December 13, 2017

Public Radio InternationalEdit

The Tavis Smiley Show was broadcast on Public Radio International (PRI). It was a one-hour weekly program featuring interviews with news makers, thought leaders and artists and seeks to bring diverse perspectives to the airwaves. It was produced by Smiley Radio Properties, Inc., in partnership with PRI[1] at Smiley's studio in Los Angeles, California.[2] The program ran two hours per week until October 2010 when the second hour became the sister program Smiley & West,[3] co-hosted by longtime Smiley collaborator Dr. Cornel West. The show ended in 2017.[4]

Public Broadcasting ServiceEdit

Tavis Smiley is a late night television program on PBS. The show began broadcasting in 2004.[5] It follows a similar style of show, featuring interviews on topical subjects and entertainment. The show has won both the 2005 and 2006 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Television, News, Talk, or Information Series or Special.

As the first west-coast talk show for PBS, it is recorded at the studios of Los Angeles former PBS station KCET. The show will continue to be presented by and produced at KCET after January 1, 2011, although the station will not be able to air the program itself as it left PBS as of that date (the program will retain its 11pm time in Los Angeles on new Southern California flagship KOCE after that date). After 2011, however, the show looks likely to move elsewhere, as Smiley has said he has a tenuous relationship with KCET officials over a lack of fundraising for the series, and will only keep filming at the studios for the present time as there was no time after KCET's PBS dismembership announcement to find a new taping facility.[6] PBS suspended the show in 2017.[4]

History of radio showEdit

The first version of The Tavis Smiley Show was on National Public Radio (NPR). It was broadcast daily from January 2002 to December 16, 2004, in Los Angeles,[7] when the host Tavis Smiley decided not to renew his contract with NPR.[8] Some of the reasons cited based on an article by Howard Kurtz for not renewing the contract were 1) Tavis Smiley wanted to tape his show a day in advance, and NPR did not agree; 2) against federal funding policies, Tavis Smiley wished to own the right to rebroadcast the show; and 3) Tavis Smiley appealed to have the budget for promoting the program significantly increased, and NPR did not have the budget to do so.[9]

The show was a news and opinion program focusing upon issues of race, diversity, and ethnicity and often featured guest speakers. It was an hour-long show.

The show was helped through a collaboration with various public radio stations. It was replaced on some radio stations by News & Notes which follows much the same format and topics. Many other radio stations replaced it with the short-lived NPR News with Tony Cox.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ About the PRI show at its official website Archived August 21, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Profile of Tavis Smiley Archived July 14, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Smiley & West. "Smiley & West official page". Retrieved 2012-06-25.
  4. ^ a b Simpson, April; Editor, Associate. "PRI terminates relationship with Tavis Smiley". Current. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  5. ^ Tavis Smiley at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ Scott Collins, "Tavis Smiley-KCET relationship ending badly", The Los Angeles Times, November 23, 2010.
  7. ^ "Official website of NPR show". 2004-12-16. Retrieved 2012-06-25.
  8. ^ Statement of NPR and the African American Consortium regarding cancellation of show, November 29, 2004.
  9. ^ Howard Kurtz (2005-01-17). "Broadcast All Over – Tavis Smiley's NPR Show Is History, but the Talk Lives On". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-06-25.

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