Tavis Smiley selects Cleveland as part of “One Great Idea Tour”

Tavis Smiley to highlight early childhood impact on communities
Studio Audience Opportunity – Open to the Public

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March 24, 2016 (Cleveland, OH) -- Tavis Smiley, the host of the late night television talk show Tavis Smiley, which airs weeknights at 11:30pm on WVIZ/PBS and on other PBS stations across the country and also on Sundays at 3:00pm on 90.3 WCPN, will travel to Cleveland on Monday, April 18 as part of his “One Great Idea Tour.” Smiley will be in town to record his show in the Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre™ at the Idea Center® at Playhouse Square, in front of a live audience.

The weeklong tour is designed to inspire the nation with solutions to some of this country’s most difficult challenges. Cleveland is one of five cities that will share “one great idea” their city is doing to improve the focus on the successful community efforts in early childhood education and its impact of every Cleveland child’s first 2,000 days.

Schedule of Events
Tavis Smiley Show Live             11:45am – 1:00pm     Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre
Reception and Book Signing    1:00pm – 2:30pm       Media Welcome
This event is open to the public. Registration is required by visiting www.ideastream.org/tavis.

“ideastream is delighted that Tavis selected Cleveland to be the first stop on his ‘One Great Idea Tour.’ We look forward to the opportunity of sharing a regional success story with him and the national audience,” said Peg Neeson, Station Manager, WVIZ/PBS ideastream. “The Tavis Smiley Show on both WCPN and WVIZ enjoys a strong audience and we’re excited to have Tavis front and center with the community,” added Maxie C Jackson III, Station Manager, WCPN.

Smiley is a broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate and philanthropist whose insightful conversations with world figures, thought-leaders, newspapers, entertainers and authors have expanded the PBS core audiences and challenged the status quo in American media.

He is the author or co-author of 19 books; his latest book “Fifty For Your Future: Lessons From Down the Road” will be released April 5 and is available for purchase and autograph at the event. In this book, Smiley shares 50 hard-won lessons from life that have taken him from Indiana to a national platform as host of Tavis Smiley on PBS, now in its 12th season.

About Tavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley is currently host of the late night television show Tavis Smiley on PBS as well as “The Tavis Smiley Show” on Public Radio International. He is the founder of the non-profit Tavis Smiley Foundation, 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 its list of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.” Among his many accolades, Smiley has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

About ideastream
The mission of ideastream is to strengthen our communities. ideastream pursues this mission as a multiple media public service organization by providing distinctive, thought-provoking programs and services that enlighten, inspire, educate and entertain.


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