Exit Tavis Smiley *

Tavis Smiley Show logoThe Los Angeles-based radio and TV host announced today that he's dropping his nightly NPR show aimed at African Americans. In an email to NPR stations posted at Romenesko, Smiley explains that he chose not to renew his contract:

I know the ridicule many of you had to endure when you decided to take this journey with me by adding my program to your line-up. I will always be appreciative of your confidence and trust.

With your support, I have come to care even more for public radio and its social, cultural and intellectual potential. Yet, after all that we've accomplished towards our goal of seeking a broader, more diverse and younger audience for public radio, NPR's own research has confirmed that NPR has simply failed to meaningfully reach out to a broad spectrum of Americans who would benefit from public radio, but simply don't know it exists or what it offers.

In the most multicultural, multiethnic and multiracial America ever --- I believe that NPR can and must do better in the future.

His last show is set to air Dec. 16. Smiley was recently in the news for accepting a free car from Daimler-Chrysler and for donating $1 million to Texas Southern University.

* Tony Cox will host for several weeks, NPR VP Bruce Drake says in a memo at Romenesko.


More by Kevin Roderick:
Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
Recent Radio stories on LA Observed:
Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
20 years since the riots with Warren Olney and 'Which Way, LA?'
The City Maven signs up with KPCC's website
KPFK staff warned to stop downloading (old) pirated movies
DNC chair does Villaraigosa no favors on KABC

New at LA Observed
Follow us on Twitter

On the Media Page
Go to Media
On the Politics Page
Go to Politics

LA Biz Observed
Arts and culture

Sign up for daily email from LA Observed

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner


Advertisement
LA Observed on Twitter and Facebook