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For immediate release
October 28, 2002
NPR: Jenny Lawhorn

Shelley Trotter

Tavis Smiley Hosts National Radio Show Live in Atlanta October 30, 2002, 7- 8AM

ATLANTA, GA - Atlanta public radio station Jazz 91.9 FM WCLK will host a national broadcast of The Tavis Smiley Show from NPRŽ (National Public Radio) before a live audience on Wednesday, October 30, 2002 from 7-8am. Smiley and the WCLK family will present this first-ever remote program from the campus of Clark Atlanta University in the Multipurpose Room of the Bishop Cornelius Henderson Student Center.

This special, live broadcast of The Tavis Smiley Show is free and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first served basis. Doors will open at 6am, with the program starting at 6:45am. Audience members can bring questions and comments related to the day's show topics, which will include an exploration of Historically Black Colleges and their purpose and relevance in an increasingly diverse United States. Also on the October 30 program: Jermaine Dupri of So So Def Recordings and other special guests will discuss the "Hotlanta" music scene, and baseball great/entrepreneur Henry "Hank" Aaron will talk to Smiley and the audience about baseball season and his career.

The Tavis Smiley Show from NPR is a weekday, one-hour talk magazine offering intelligent talk, news and ideas from a black perspective. The show features substantive and provocative discussions, commentary, exclusive interviews (Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton, Abner Louima and Bill Gates have been recent guests) and reports on everything from politics to popular culture. In Atlanta, the program airs weekdays at 7am on Jazz 91.9 FM WCLK.

WHO: Host Tavis Smiley; Henry "Hank" Aaron; Jermaine Dupri of So So Def Recordings; Dr. Walter D. Broadnax, President, Clark Atlanta University; Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President, Spelman College; and Dr. Walter E. Massey, President, Morehouse College

WHAT: The Tavis Smiley Show from NPR live from Atlanta, a free program presented before an audience, airing live in Atlanta on Jazz 91.9 FM WCLK and live or delayed broadcast on other stations around the U.S.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 30, 2002 from 7-8am. Doors open at 6am.

WHERE: Clark Atlanta University Bishop Cornelius Henderson Student Center, Multipurpose Room (At the corner of James P. Brawley Drive and Fair Street, SW. Parking available on surrounding streets and in garage behind student center on Mildred Street, $5)

HOW: Seating is limited and will be on a first-come first-served basis.

NPR, renowned for journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, serves a growing audience of nearly 20 million Americans each week via more than 680 public radio stations. NPR Online at brings hourly newscasts, news features, commentaries and live events to Internet users through original online reports, audio streaming and other multimedia elements. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR Worldwide, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network and throughout Japan via cable.