Saturday, September 14, 2002

Tavis Smiley to Break Boycott?
John Kiesewetter reported the following in his 09-13-2002 column:
He(Tavis Smiley) also will appear on WMUB-FM's Forum talk show at 9 A.M. next Friday from the 2002 Public Radio Program Directors annual meeting at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza.
Last I checked, the Netherland Plaza was smack-dab in the middle of downtown Cincinnati. Tavis Smiley is also listed on the agenda for that Friday as part of the annual meeting.
12:30 - 1:45pm
Lunch Forum with NPR's Tavis Smiley (Pavilion Ballroom)
The host of The Tavis Smiley Show brings his trademark passion and energy to Cincinnati for a luncheon to remember. Come and hear for yourself what the buzz is all about.
Has smiley been approached to boycott this event? Will he appear? Will there be protests of him or of the local public radio stations? Next Friday I will be on scene to find out.

A little background on Tavis Smiley:
Current Talk Radio Show on NPR
His Book "Doing What's Right: How to Fight for What You Believe--And Make a Difference"
Former host of BET Tonight
Interview with Gibbs Magazine

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