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Whispers and Tavis Smiley Discuss The Music Industry, Success and Longevity

LOS ANGELES, CA, – Tavis Smiley, broadcaster, author, advocate, and outstanding voice for change, hosted the Whispers’ lead singers Walter and Wallace “Scotty” Scott on his radio show, “Tavis Talks”. As the smooth rhythm of their mega-hits “It Just Gets Better With Time” and “Rock Steady” flowed through the studio, Tavis engaged them in a discussion of the Whispers’ continued success and longevity, noting that during the last four decades they have crooned their way into the hearts of millions.

As Tavis played snippets from their latest CD, “For Your Ears Only”, Walter credited their success to selecting songs that create “meaningful” music that has something to say … music that’s “Lyric-conscious”. Scotty responded that the Whispers actively look for the beauty in love and romanticism rather than the graphics that dominate today’s youth-inspired music. According to Tavis (who has attended 3 or 4 of their shows during the past few years), the Whispers don’t realize what their music has done for so many people … “it makes them feel comfortable and sets the right mood for their listening pleasure”. Yet there are many radio stations that are not looking for this type of music. Scotty went on to say, “We’re like Barry Bonds, if they don’t let us get up to the plate, we can’t hit a homerun.

Fortunately, there are independent radio stations that have the Whispers’ CD in high rotation across the country. Yet without widespread radio play, “For Your Ears Only” continues to match the sales of their youthful contemporaries. Walter credits this to their faithful fan base, and the thousands of people, young and old, who desire music with meaningful and uplifting messages.
From his celebrated conversations with world figures, to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders, Newsweek profiled Tavis Smiley as one of the "20 people changing how Americans get their news" and dubbed him one of the nation's "captains of the airwaves." Smiley is the first American ever to simultaneously host signature talk shows on both public television and public radio.

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