LOS ANGELES, June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- PBS broadcaster, New York Times best-selling author, publisher and philanthropist Tavis Smiley has teamed up with PodcastOne, the nation's largest advertiser-supported podcast network, to launch a new self-titled podcast, announced PodcastOne Founder and Executive Chairman Norman Pattiz.
The Tavis Smiley Podcast will bring back to the forefront Smiley's personal opinions on culture and current events, in combination with guests from a variety of backgrounds. Celebrities, authors, academics, attorneys, political representatives and more will be welcomed to debate unique themes only Smiley could identify. Long-time fans of the well-known and outspoken intellectual and advocate will not only get their fill of Smiley's impassioned commentary each week, leaving them fired up to discuss controversial topics, but they'll now also be able to join the in-show conversation through social media and more.
A two-part "Taste of Tavis" special podcast will be released the weeks of July 10 and 17, 2017, with the weekly Tavis Smiley Podcast debuting mid-September. All episodes will be available via TavisTalks.com, PodcastOne's website and community-driven app, and Apple Podcasts.
"I love listening, learning and laughing," said Smiley. "Great conversation is essential for me. It's like oxygen. Every now and again, folk might even be surprised by my take on things. I look forward to bringing our brand of smart talk to PodcastOne."
PodcastOne Founder and Executive Chairman Norman Pattiz said, "What we like best on our network are personalities that are unique and worth listening to. With Tavis, we've checked off those boxes in a major way. I've been a listener, viewer and fan of his unique style and first-class content…and couldn't be happier to be working with him on this project."
About Tavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley is currently host of the late-night television show Tavis Smiley on PBS, now in its 14th season, as well as The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International. He is the author or co-author of 21 books, and his non-profit Tavis Smiley Foundation is now in the midst of a $3 million four-year campaign called "Ending Poverty: America's Silent Spaces" to help focus on alleviating endemic poverty in America. TIME magazine named Smiley to the TIME 100, a list of "The World's 100 Most Influential People."
PodcastOne, (www.PodcastOne.com) the nation's leading advertiser-supported podcast network, was founded by Norm Pattiz, founder of radio-giant Westwood One. The network currently hosts more than 200 of today's most popular podcasts, including Adam Carolla, Shaquille O'Neal, Norman Lear, Steve Austin, Heather and Terry Dubrow, Geffen Playhouse, Dan Patrick, Barstool Sports, Laila Ali, Dr. Drew, Neil Strauss, Gabrielle Reece, Penn Jillette, Eddie Trunk, Ross Mathews, Rich Eisen, Chris Jericho, Jay Mohr, Laura Ingraham, the Forbes on PodcastOne Network and more. Follow Norm on Crunchbase and LinkedIn
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