Tavis Smiley’s KBLA Sounds Great, Hear Black-Owned Talk Station in LA (audio)


Yesterday, I was in the process of listening to Tavis Smiley’s Station KBLA in Los Angeles for a project. I thought I would just be listening for a few minutes but I ended up listening to an entire show with Isaiah Washington.

I was pleasantly surprised at how well put together the station is in programs how tight the breaks are and how professional it sounds.

This is not to say that I would not expect this from Tavis but this is not what I’m used to when it comes to talk radio. I heard a lot of insight instead of moaning and groaning and I also heard questions targeting solutions to problems. I greatly enjoyed the promos for the station as well.

Tavis’ timing is impeccable. Commercial radio is in dire need of something new in ways to reach listeners who have a plethora of digital options today. This could literally put AM radio back in the spotlight with all the apps available today. Kudos to the staff

In this segment (below), Washington talks about his unjust treatment in Hollywood and how he was essentially blackballed by the powers that be after an unfortunate incident on the set of Grey’s Anatomy where he was accused of doing something he didn’t do.

Grey’s Anatomy is now getting a lot of exposure for being a toxic work environment. Isaiah breaks it down. While I was listening to the show, I could not think of any other outlet that would’ve given him an opportunity to tell his side of the story which is why I station like KBLA is so needed.

I heard great commercial breaks and a good flow during the entire hour. I invite you to listen as well and let me know what you think.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here