BlogTalkRadio Partners with Media Icon Tavis Smiley to Host First Network

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Daily Radio Show, ‘Tavis Talks,’ Launches June 25. Inaugural season guests include: Oscar®-winning actress Helen Hunt, Larry King, Hugh Laurie, Maya Angelou, Suze Orman, Walter Mosley, Dwight Gooden, the Sugar Hill Gang and more.

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BlogTalkRadio, the world's largest social broadcasting network with more than 18 million unique visitors and 40 million listens per month, announces that renowned broadcaster Tavis Smiley will launch the Tavis Smiley Network (TSN). This marks BlogTalkRadio’s first talent-branded network and first alliance with a national media personality. The Tavis Smiley Network (TSN) debuts on June 25th with multiple shows including the daily “Tavis Talks,” Smiley’s return to live call-in radio. Throughout the inaugural season of the Tavis Smiley Network, guests will include Oscar®-winning actress Helen Hunt, Larry King, Hugh Laurie, Maya Angelou, Suze Orman, Walter Mosley, Mindi Abair, Dwight Gooden, the Sugar Hill Gang, and many more.

“Tavis brings a new level of broadcast excellence to the platform that bolsters the evolution of BlogTalkRadio,” said Alan Levy, Founder and CEO of BlogTalkRadio. “We are thrilled to offer our listeners even more compelling content through Tavis and his network featuring other top broadcasters.”

“BlogTalkRadio gives me the ability to engage with fellow citizens in a way I haven’t been able to since 2001,” said Smiley. “I’m excited about this partnership with BlogTalkRadio and look forward to the launch of the Tavis Smiley Network (TSN), the new home for smart talk online.”

The Tavis Smiley Network (TSN): "Smart talk. Online." will feature new shows by hosts whose focus will include relationships and advice (Rolonda Watts), how to live a diet-free lifestyle (Robert Ferguson), harnessing the power of social media in business, sports, and entertainment (Beverly Macy), the news media (John Daly), America’s growing responsible fatherhood movement and the importance of mentoring (Kenneth Braswell), politics to pop culture (Stephanie Robinson), and humor (Rick Najera). Other shows will be announced and added to the line-up in the coming days.

Veteran journalist and talk-show producer Michael Horowicz will executive produce TSN for Smiley Radio Properties, Inc. Horowicz's credits include The Late Late Show on CBS, the syndicated Geraldo show, Tom Snyder on CNBC as well as shows on MSNBC and other cable channels. Horowicz and Smiley first worked together when Horowicz recommended Smiley for his very first national television appearance on CNBC’s Rivera Live.

Recently, BlogTalkRadio announced that experienced media executives Stephen Colvin (former CEO of Newsweek Daily Beast) and Craig Marks (former editor of Spin, Blender and Popdust) have joined the company. Craig Marks has been named BlogTalkRadio’s first-ever Editorial Director and Stephen Colvin has joined as a Strategic Advisor.

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About BlogTalkRadio:
BlogTalkRadio is the world’s largest social broadcasting network with thousands of talented experts hosting shows on every kind of topic — from politics and current affairs, entertainment and sports to health and finance. Founded in 2006 by Alan Levy, BlogTalkRadio is the world’s largest producer of podcasts and attracts a very significant audience of more than 18 million unique visitors and more than 40,000,000 listens per month. Since its inception, BlogTalkRadio has broadcast more than 2,000,000 radio shows. Cinchcast, Inc., the parent company of BlogTalkRadio, is a leading provider of cloud-based audio solutions.

About Tavis Smiley:
Tavis Smiley is host and managing editor of the nightly talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS produced by TS Media, Inc., and the host of The Tavis Smiley Show and co-host of Smiley & West from Public Radio International (PRI), both produced by Smiley Radio Properties, Inc. Smiley is also the author/editor of 16 books, including New York Times bestsellers Covenant with Black America, What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America, and his most recent, The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto. In 2009, TIME magazine named him one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People. 2013 marks his 10th season on PBS and is the inaugural year for the Tavis Smiley Network (TSN) on BlogTalkRadio. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce recently announced that Smiley will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014. For more information, visit

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