Oprah’s Last Show: Can I admit something to you? I don’t think I’ve ever watched an entire episode of Oprah’s talk show. The first thing that comes to mind is that time Tom Cruise jumped on her couch. But I know she’s had a great 25-year-run, and today’s finale should be special. No, I doubt I’ll watch it. But my Mom will certainly tell me all about it.
And in its Place: There’s a lot of buzz around WHAS-TV these days, as the station is hiring up in anticipation of launching one-hour local shows in both the morning and afternoon. In the a.m., “Great Day Live” is the show that so far has announced that Terry Meiners and Rachel Platt will host, and that Holly Rudolph has been hired as producer. And Laura Rogers, currently at WBKO-TV in Bowling Green, will be joining the team. There are other personnel revelations coming soon, including the addition of a yet-unnamed prominent media personality.
The station will air Oprah re-runs until the new show starts in September.
Budget Blues: Get ready. Mayor Fischer will address the Metro Council about the budget on Thursday (you can watch it on MetroTV). The Mayor’s office is briefing media about it Thursday morning.
Pigs. Really.: I watched the Sweeps story by Steve Burgin on feral pigs. I wanted to poke fun at it, but it’s actually a good story. Pigs eat a lot.
And now, another stripper story: WHAS-TV, since its Sweeps Month, did its obligatory undercover stripper story to see if clubs are obeying the rules. Remember: Images are GRAPHIC! Adrianna Hopkins went to some 7th Street clubs and found. . .the clubs were breaking the rules, and even gave a photographer a lap dance. Jim Mims, the city’s man in charge of enforcement, says citations have been issued. Clubs’ lawyer Frank Mascagni says he’s looking forward to fighting the citations in court.