Tavis Smiley, Cornel West To Launch New Public Radio Show
September 27, 2010 at 4:43 AM (PT)
Veteran talk show host TAVIS SMILEY and PRINCETON professor CORNEL WEST are teaming for a new show for PUBLIC RADIO INTERNATIONAL to debut this FALL. The hour-long "SMILEY AND WEST" will air weekly on affiliates nationwide.
"Dr. WEST is a long-time friend and I am honored that he has agreed to go on this journey with me," said SMILEY. "This new venture, SMILEY AND WEST, will not only set the pace for tomorrow's news but will be a conduit for the insightful conversation that AMERICA is thirsting for. I'm excited that alongside one of America's greatest thinkers, we will encourage, enlighten and empower the listeners together."
PRI Pres./CEO ALISA MILLER said, "PRI creates and distributes content that offers different perspectives and new voices to help people live successfully in our complex, interconnected world. That's why we're thrilled that TAVIS and Dr. WEST have created this forum for a robust exploration of ideas among people with different points of view. PRI is proud to bring the broadcast to audiences nationwide and to support TAVIS as he encourages conversation about issues of importance."
"Many of America's most important discussions aren't necessarily happening in the boardroom or between the pundits on cable television," said WEST. "Rather they're happening at BBQs, cocktail parties, barbershops, and salons between real people. With this new endeavor, SMILEY AND WEST, TAVIS and I hope to really tap into the concerns of everyday people."