© (Christina House / Los Angeles Times) Tavis Smiley and investors own Los Angeles radio station KBLA, where he hosts a morning talk show. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)Arriving from the Midwest in the 1980s, Tavis Smiley basked in the glories of Los Angeles. The judgment still has not been paid, with the broadcaster launching a second court case, in Los Angeles, to collect its money. © (Christina House / Los Angeles Times) Tavis Smiley, owner-operator and morning host of radio station KBLA, interviews civil rights attorney Connie Rice on Feb. 1. This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.