The Tavis Smiley Show is currently broadcast on Public Radio International (PRI). It is a one hour weekly program featuring interviews with news makers, thought leaders and artists and seeks to bring diverse perspectives to the airwaves. It is produced by Smiley Radio Properties, Inc., in partnership with PRI at Smiley's studio in Los Angeles. The program ran two hours per week until October 2010 when the second hour became the sister program Smiley & West, co-hosted by longtime Smiley collaborator Dr. Cornel West.
Tavis Smiley is a late night television program on PBS. The show began broadcasting in 2004. It follows a similar style of show, featuring interviews on topical subjects and entertainment. The show has won both the 2005 and 2006 NAACPImage Awards for Outstanding Television, News, Talk, or Information Series or Special.
As the first west coast talk show for PBS, it is recorded at the studios of Los Angeles, California former PBS station KCET. The show will continue to be presented by and produced at KCET after January 1, 2011, although the station will not be able to air the program itself as it left PBS as of that date (the program will retain its 11pm time in Los Angeles on new Southern California flagship KOCE after that date). After 2011 however the show looks likely to move elsewhere, as Smiley has said he has a tenuous relationship with KCET officials over a lack of fundraising for the series, and will only keep filming at the studios for the present time as there was no time after KCET's PBS dismembership announcement to find a new taping facility.
The first version of The Tavis Smiley Show was on National Public Radio (NPR). It was broadcast daily from January 2002 to December 16, 2004 in Los Angeles, when the host Tavis Smiley decided not to renew his contract with NPR. Some of the reasons cited based on an article by Howard Kurtz for not renewing the contract were 1) Tavis Smiley wanted to tape his show a day in advance, and NPR did not agree; 2) against federal funding policies, Tavis Smiley wished to own the right to rebroadcast the show; and 3) Tavis Smiley appealed to have the budget for promoting the program significantly increased, and NPR did not have the budget to do so.
The show was helped through a collaboration with various public radio stations. It was replaced on some radio stations by News & Notes which follows much the same format and topics. Many other radio stations replaced it with the short-lived NPR News with Tony Cox.