Nationally syndicated “Tavis Smiley” talk show debuts on CCNY’s “Voice of Harlem” station

Talk show host and author Tavis Smiley’s eponymous daily program is coming to WHCR 90.3 FM, the City College of New York owned and operated radio station dubbed “The Voice of Harlem.”

WHCR will be the only station in New York City carrying the weekend edition of the Tavis Smiley Show. It will broadcast 6 – 8 p.m. on Sundays. 

“The Tavis Smiley show will offer WHCR listeners news and information on a national level, which fits perfectly in with WHCR’s mission to keep its listeners informed,” said Angela Harden, the station’s general manager. “Listeners across the country can tune in to the Tavis Smiley show at Click on listen live and, or the myTunerRadio app on smart phones.”

WHCR is one of four new markets the nationally syndicated Smiley show -- which features newsmakers, influencers, authors, artists, activists, and entrepreneurs -- is expanding to. WOL 1450 AM in Washington D.C., WNOV 860 AM in Milwaukee, and KJMC 89.3 FM in Des Moines are the others.

In less than six months of national syndication, the show has successfully secured spots in the nation’s top three media markets - #1 (New York City), #2 (Los Angeles) and #3 (Chicago). 

“Our show’s rapid and continued expansion into key media markets represents an exciting next chapter,” said Smiley, owner of SmileyAudioMedia, Inc., and  recipient of the “Freedom of Speech” Award from Talkers 2023. “As we move deeper into the 2024 election season, we’ll continue to provide our growing listener base with enlightening and empowering programming unapologetically geared toward African Americans and other citizens of color.”

“Tavis Smiley” also broadcasts in other markets across the United States including KBLA Talk 1580 AM (Los Angeles); WVON 1690 AM (Chicago), WURD Radio 900 AM/96.1 FM (Philadelphia), WBOK 1230 AM (New Orleans) and more. Click here to read to read more about Tavis Smiley.

About WHCR-90.3 FM
WHCR has been broadcasting from the CCNY campus since 1986. It provides entertainment and information to listeners that will enhance their quality of life. WHCR’s morning and evening news is a source for local emergency news and information. Not bound by playlists, WHCR’s DJs play the music of their choice and provide much needed exposure for independent artists who are often locked out of commercial radio. Music shows include practically all genres with more hours of Gospel music than most stations in the New York City area.
Talk shows cover fields such arts and entertainment, business, housing and technology, with a focus on local news and events. Click here for more information.  


About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided a high-quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. CCNY embraces its position at the forefront of social change. It is ranked #1 by the Harvard-based Opportunity Insights out of 369 selective public colleges in the United States on the overall mobility index. This measure reflects both access and outcomes, representing the likelihood that a student at CCNY can move up two or more income quintiles. Education research organization Degree Choices ranks CCNY #1 nationally among universities for economic return on investment. In addition, the Center for World University Rankings places CCNY in the top 1.8% of universities worldwide in terms of academic excellence. Labor analytics firm Emsi (now Lightcast) puts at $1.9 billion CCNY’s annual economic impact on the regional economy (5 boroughs and 5 adjacent counties) and quantifies the “for dollar” return on investment to students, taxpayers and society. At City College, more than 15,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship. This year, CCNY launched its most expansive fundraising campaign, ever. The campaign, titled “Doing Remarkable Things Together” seeks to bring the College’s Foundation to more than $1 billion in total assets in support of the College mission. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself. View CCNY Media Kit.

Jay Mwamba
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