Pubcaster Tavis Smiley, host of shows on both PBS and Public Radio International, receives WHYY’s Lifelong Learning Award today (May 5). “I was a bit shocked actually that WHYY called me and said they wanted to honor me,” Smiley told the Philadelphia Inquirer, “in part because I was disappointed years ago when I made the switch from NPR to PRI and WHYY did not pick my radio program back up. So I was a bit shocked when they called to ask me to receive an award. I’m like, ‘Y’all don’t even carry my radio show.'”
However, “I’m grateful for the honor,” he added.