Tavis Smiley announces expansion into 11 new markets, including key swing states of Michigan and Wisconsin, in preparation for the upcoming election.

Tavis Smiley hosts the fastest growing talk radio show in the nation

SmileyAudioMedia, Inc. is thrilled to announce that with the addition of 11 new affiliate agreements, “Tavis Smiley” is the fastest growing syndicated Black radio talk show in America. The flagship show, “Tavis Smiley,” which features newsmakers, influencers, authors, artists, activists, and entrepreneurs, broadens its national reach in the month of May by launching in key markets that include Orlando, FL (WHPB 98.5 FM), Detroit, MI (WGPR 107.5 FM) and Milwaukee, WI (WNOV 860 AM/106.5 FM) on which “Tavis Smiley” premieres Monday, May 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. CT, weekdays.

The show’s expanded reach also includes stations in, Albuquerque, NM (KMGG 99.9 FM), Flint, MI (WFOV 92.1 FM), Jonesboro, AR (KLEK 102.5 FM), Muskegon, MI (WUVS-LP 103.7 FM), Benton Harbor, MI (WVBH-LP 105.3 FM), Montgomery, AL (WUMO 94.5 FM), Natchez, MS (WMIS 1240 AM) and Marshall, TX (KBWC 91.1 FM).

In less than a year of national syndication, “Tavis Smiley” is covering U.S. markets from coast-to-coast and top-to-bottom, including prominent spots in the nation’s top three media markets – #1 (New York City), #2 (Los Angeles) and #3 (Chicago).

“The show’s expansion into media markets across the United States, including heritage stations in key battleground states like Michigan and Wisconsin, represents the continuation of our vision for this innovative, unapologetically progressive programming,” stated Tavis Smiley, owner of SmileyAudioMedia, Inc., show host, and most recent recipient of the coveted “Freedom of Speech” Award from Talkers 2023. “We will continue to provide our growing listener base with enlightening and empowering programming geared toward African Americans and other citizens of color, and we will cover topics that other radio shows are too timid to discuss.”

“Tavis Smiley” also broadcasts in other markets across the United States including Los Angeles, CA (KBLA Talk 1580 AM); New York, NY (WHCR 90.3 FM); Chicago, IL (WVON 1690 AM); Washington, D.C. (WOL 1450 AM); Philadelphia, PA (WURD 900 AM/96.1 FM); Des Moines, IA (KJMC 89.3 FM); New Orleans, LA (WBOK 1230 AM) and more.

 Tavis Smiley will continue to serve as managing editor of his signature show with SmileyAudioMedia, Inc. producing and syndicating the program.

Until you talk to Tavis…the story is not complete. We’ve got a lot to talk about!

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Background: On Juneteenth, June 19, 2021, KBLA Talk 1580 launched with the promise to give disenfranchised citizens a voice in current political, social and cultural issues with empowering, sustainable and restorative language. KBLA Talk 1580 consistently emerges as the station of choice for Black/African American residents. An EVITARUS public opinion research study, the 2023 African American Media Issues Survey, finds that for the second consecutive year, KBLA Talk 1580 remains the most “trusted, credible and reliable” media source in Southern California for African Americans and beyond. While KBLA Talk 1580 is unapologetically progressive, the station and its on-air talent prefer good ideas over ideology. The station’s guests and listeners share the wisdom of a lived experience that serves to enlighten others. Because KBLA’s audience is so diverse, each day is like a live town hall meeting over the airwaves.

ABOUT KBLA TALK 1580

KBLA Talk 1580 AM is a heritage station and the original home of the iconic hip hop station KDAY. At 50,000 watts, day and night, KBLA serves a coverage area of nearly 12 million listeners. KBLA Talk 1580 boasts an all-star lineup of hosts who speak candidly and passionately to the challenges people of color face daily trying to navigate life and realize their hopes and dreams. KBLA Talk 1580 serves an audience long ignored by talk radio in Los Angeles and now other American cities – people of color and progressives. For more information, visit KBLA1580.com.

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