Elston Howard Butler Named Pres./GM Of KBLA/Los Angeles
June 10, 2021 at 1:21 PM (PT)
When TAVIS SMILEY’s SMILEY AUDIO MEDIA INC. takes over operation of KBLA-A/LOS ANGELES at midnight on JUNE 19th, former TAXI PRODUCTIONS R&B KJLH/LOS ANGELES Market Manager ELSTON HOWARD BUTLER will serve as Pres./GM of the station, which will flip Spanish Religion to English-language Progressive News-Talk as “KBLA TALK 1580.” BUTLER will also serve as Pres./COO of SMILEY AUDIO MEDIA.
"I’m having a great run, but I’m not tired yet,” said BUTLER. “The eyes of the future are looking back at us, hoping and praying that we get it right this time. I have been in and around L.A. my entire life, and now more than ever in this moment of racial reckoning for America, I feel a deep responsibility to help put our city on the right track.”
“For me, that starts with helping to build a new talk radio station that will sound like our city and reflect the way it looks. KBLA TALK 1580 is a talk radio station that will give everyday people a voice, and advance conversations that matter," added BUTLER. “I am grateful to TAVIS SMILEY for his vision and stewardship of this historic Black-owned and operated media venture. The city is ready, our talented team is ready, I am ready.”
The lineup for KBLA will include market veteran DOMINIQUE DIPRIMA's "FIRST THINGS FIRST" 6-9a (PT), SMILEY 9a-noon, DANNY MORRISON noon-2p, the syndicated D.L. HUGHLEY 2-4p, comic ALONZO BODDEN 4-7p, Dr, JESHANA JOHNSON's "LET'S GET INTIMATE" 7-9p, and "DON AMICHE VS. EVERYBODY + CRYSTA AND KIARA" 9p-midnight. Replays will cover overnights, and weekends will include BLACK LIVES MATTER's "THIS IS NOT A DRILL" and "THE BEST OF 'STATE OF THE BLACK UNION.'