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WOUB to air Tavis Smiley Show

ATHENS, Ohio (June 2, 2005) -- WOUB 1340 AM Athens has announced plans to air The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International. A high-energy exchange of views, information and insight, the weekly two-hour show will begin airing Sunday, June 12, from 4 to 6 p.m., preceding the station's student-produced music program, "Shades of Color."

"I'm glad we could bring Tavis back to the Athens airwaves," said Bryan Gibson, WOUB AM program manager. "His intellect, wit and charismatic charm make for a terrific host, and his show is a welcome addition to our schedule." WOUB AM had previously aired Smiley's daily NPR program until he left the network in December 2004.

The Tavis Smiley Show offers a unique blend of news and newsmakers in expanded conversations, along with regular high-profile commentators such as Cornel West, Connie Rice, J.C. Watts, Michael Eric Dyson and Dr. Ian Smith. Topics range from timely national issues to world events, from breaking news stories to ongoing cultural trends, examined for their particular relevance to African Americans.

Tavis Smiley is one of the nation's most prominent media personalities. He hosts "Tavis Smiley" on PBS and is a regular political commentator on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Texas Southern University honored him with the opening of The Tavis Smiley School of Communications and The Tavis Smiley Center for professional Media Studies, making him the youngest African American ever to be so honored.

Recipient of numerous honorary doctorates, including one from his alma mater, Indiana University, he established the Tavis Smiley Foundation "to enlighten, encourage and empower black youth." He has authored eight books including The Unfinished Agenda of Brown v. Board of Education, Keeping the Faith and On Air: The Best of Tavis Smiley and has his own imprint (Smiley Books) with Hay House. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Media Contact: WOUB Public Information Coordinator Kelly Martin, (740) 593-4944 or kelly_martin@woub.pbs.org

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