Tavis Smiley will launch Los Angeles “first and only ‘Unapologetically Progressive’ talk radio station for the African-American listening audience,” KBLA (1580) on Saturday June 19 (Juneteenth).

The former BET, PBS and NPR host purchased the 50,000-watt station from Multicultural Radio Broadcasting in November 2020 for $7.15 million and is operating the signal under the Smiley Audio Media banner.

The station lineup includes:

KBLA TALK 1580 | The Line Up

  • “First Things First With Dominique DiPrima” | M-F, 6 to 9am
  • “Tavis Smiley”  | M-F 9 a.m. to 12noon
  • “Middays With Danny Morrison” | M-F 12 to 2pm 
  • “The DL Hughley Afternoon Show” | M-F 2 to 4 p.m.
  • “Alonzo Bodden: Who’s Paying Attention?” | M-F 4 to 7pm
  • “Let’s Get Intimate with Dr. Jeshana Johnson” | M-F 7 to 9pm
  • “Don Amiche vs. Everybody + Crysta and Kiara” | M-F, 9 p.m. to 12 a.m./midnight 
  • “The Best of KBLA Talk 1580” | each night/overnights from 12 a.m./midnight to 6 a.m. 
  • Weekends will be anchored by Black Lives Matters’ “This Is Not A Drill,” featuring Melina Abdullah along with “The Best of State of the Black Union,” heard exclusively on KBLA Talk 1580.

ON A SOCIAL NOTE:              

Instagram:             @KBLATalk1580

Twitter:             @KBLATalk1580

Facebook:             facebook.com/ KBLA1580

YouTube:                KBLA Talk 1580