For Immediate Release
September 27, 2023
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Matt Klink
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One year after “The Tape” that rocked L.A. City Hall became public, KBLA Talk 1580 will host two forums – a retrospective and prospective look at the incident and its aftermath.

(Black PR Wire) WHAT: On Oct. 9, 2022, a leaked tape detailed racist remarks, derogatory comments toward council colleagues, and disruptive, racially charged rhetoric about how the City Council could ‘skew’ redistricting. Three Latino members of the Los Angeles City Council (then-Council President Nury Martinez, Councilmember Kevin DeLeon and Councilmember Gil Cedillo) were heard on tape along with former labor leader Ron Herrera. In the days and months that followed, Martinez resigned from office, Herrera left his labor position, Cedillo was termed-out and DeLeon remains on the City Council seeking re-election in March 2024. For Angelenos, the leaked tape represented a low point. It highlighted efforts by some incumbent politicians to divide the city along racial lines and amplified problems with how the City Council redistricts. 

Now that a full year has passed, KBLA Talk 1580 will host two important conversations unpacking what transpired in the community since these divisive, hurtful comments were made and what the future holds for the City of Los Angeles

EVENT 1: Community Voices (*partial list)

WHO:              Tavis Smiley, host, “Tavis Smiley” on KBLA Talk 1580 AM

                        Hon. Paul Krekorian, president, Los Angeles City Council

                        Hon. Marqueece Harris-Dawson, president pro-Tem, Los Angeles City Council

                        Mike Bonin, Los Angeles City Council (retired)

                        Erika D. Smith, columnist, Los Angeles Times

                        Gustavo Arellano, columnist, Los Angeles Times

                        Melina Abdullah, co-founder, Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter

WHEN:            Monday, October 9, 2023 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


                        Special bonus coverage – October 9, 2023, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

EVENT 2: Community Leaders

WHAT:          On Oct. 12, 2023, the Institute for Nonviolence in Los Angeles will host Days of Dialog: The Anatomy of Anti-Black Racism and Bigotry. The live leadership dialogue will happen one-year to the date after Council President Nury Martinez resigned from the Los Angeles City Council due to fallout from “The Tape.”

WHEN:             Thursday, October 12, 2023 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


                        Special bonus coverage – October 12, 2023, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


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 –people of color and progressives. For more information, visit


In 2010, Avis Ridley-Thomas, founder of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Dispute Resolution Program, and Buzz Wilms, UCLA Professor of Education, founded the Institute for Nonviolence in Los Angeles. Days of Dialogue, one of INVLA’s signature programs, produces community hosted events where people engage in constructive civic conversations around difficult issues. Trained volunteer facilitators and mediators help to build the safe spaces where relationships can begin to be transformed, and new policies are developed. Recent dialogues have explored the Future of Policing, Bringing U.S. Together, and Reclaiming Tolerance and Civility in the Face of Violence.


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