KBLA Talk 1580: The Future of Black Talk Radio

KBLA Talk 1580: The Future of Black Talk Radio
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL R. MOORE

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for a special announcement.

One of broadcast’s most beloved journalists has returned. After three and a half years of hiatus, Tavis Smiley returns as the owner of Los Angeles’ first Black-owned talk radio station, KBLA Talk 1580 AM.

Accompanied by an all-star cast of exquisitely talented on-air personalities, Smiley and his team’s mission is to unapologetically share purposeful, progressive content that evolves ideals, fact checks lies, and celebrates the lived experiences of Black people 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“We all have a gift, and for every gift that God gives us, there is a corresponding need. My gift is in my left hand; the need is in my right hand. When our gift and the need connect, that’s living a life of purpose. The conjoining of the gift and the need has often resulted in me being the first African American to do something,” preaches Smiley. This time KBLA Talk 1580 AM is his something.

KBLA - Weapon of Mass Construction

One of the things I get a great deal of joy from is shared experiences with others who appreciate God’s kindness as much as I do. Appreciation for God’s kindness was a reverberating theme in each of my conversations with the KBLA Talk 1580 team. From Smiley, to DiPrima, to Morrison, to Amiche, to Abdullah—everyone wielded gratitude like the weapon of mass construction it is. I got the sense that everyone saw the birth of KBLA as something bigger than a moment; something bigger than yet another opportunity to pontificate for pontification’s sake. More than ever facts, truth, justice, equality, liberation for Black people—are all at stake. And this cadre of extraordinary human beings, led by the one and only Tavis Smiley, are determined to see things get better for our people. From a place of rebellious solidarity, these veterans of the airways are committed to carrying on the work of hope, love and community activism Black people deserve—one honest and thought-provoking broadcast at a time.

I invite you to become a part of the KBLA nation by downloading the app or listen LIVE daily at kbla1580.com.

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