For Immediate Release
October 02, 2023
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Award-Winning Talk Show includes conversation with Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson

(Black PR Wire) LOS ANGELES: SmileyAudioMedia, Inc. announced that its flagship three-hour daily program, “Tavis Smiley” on KBLA Talk 1580 AM featuring newsmakers, influencers, authors, artists, activists and entrepreneurs will expand its national syndication by launching on WVON 1690 AM in Chicago on Monday, October 2. Mayor Brandon Johnson will highlight a “who’s who” cast of Chicago notables on Tavis’s first week on Chicago talk radio.

On its Monday Chicago premiere, “Tavis Smiley” will also feature a special conversation with the legendary Aaron Neville, who has finally written his memoir, “Tell It Like It Is: My Story.”

"We're excited about Tavis's return to Chicago radio. He has had a long association with WVON. His show is a perfect fit to offer a national perspective on Black America,” said Melody Spann Cooper, Chair & Chief Executive Officer of Midway Broadcasting Corporation.

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!

 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.


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



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