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Local TV Eyes Fate of ‘Windy City Live,’ as WLS’s ‘Oprah’ Replacement Stumbles Out of the Gate

It’s still early to be sure but WLS‘s local replacement for the recently departed “Oprah Winfrey Show” has yet to find a strong foothold in the ratings.

Windy City Live,” with hosts Ryan Chiaverini and Val Warner, is the ABC O&O’s big bet that Chicago viewers will tune into a local lifestyle show during the 9 a.m. time slot that served as Oprah’s platform for 25 years. So far the show hasn’t been able to sustain a significant amount of viewers from its “Good Morning America” lead-in and Chicago Tribune media columnist Phil Rosenthal points out that its fate bears significance beyond the time slot.

“There isn’t a smart person in local media, whether they work at WLS or not, who isn’t rooting for ‘WCL’ to prove its viability,” writes Rosenthal: Read more

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What TV Looks Like Without Oprah

It’s O-Day +1. The first day in 25 years stations across the country are not airing “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” In Chicago, which is O-town, “Windy City Live” took to the air at 9am, with video of …. Oprah. “As Oprah ends 25 years and says goodbye, we say hello, Chicago,” said hosts Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini, then in unison, “This is the very first Windy City Live!”

In Philadelphia, in Oprah’s old slot, it’s the new “Action News at 4,” with the same WPVI theme music used since 1972. New newscasts also debuted in New York, Raleigh and Atlanta and will later today in several other markets as well.

On the Move, 5/17/11

Ryan Chiaverini becomes co-host of Chicago’s ABC O&O WLS-TV’s new, talk and entertainment show “Windy City LIVE,” which airs weekday mornings at 9 AM. Formerly, he was the sports anchor for ABC 7′s top-rated weekend newscasts.

Jason Allen moves to CBS O&O KTVT in Dallas as a reporter. He previously worked for WFTV in Orlando.

Morgan Adsit becomes a weekend sports anchor and reporter for Baltimore Fox-affiliate WBFF. She previously worked as a sports anchor-reporter for KLRT in Little Rock.

Lauren Leamanczyk joins CBS O&O WBZ in Boston as a reporter. She previously worked at WTMJ in Milwaukee. Read more

Following in His Father’s Footsteps, Rafer Weigel Joins Chicago’s WLS

Chicago’s WLS announced this week that Rafer Weigel is joining the station as a weekend sports anchor/reporter.  He replaces Ryan Chiaverini, who was picked to co-host “Windy City Live,” the ABC-affiliate’s “Oprah” replacement (“Live” was previously being called “Morning Rush).

Weigel, 41, is the son of the late Tim Weigel, who spent nearly two decades with WLS as a sports anchor and reporter.

“Rafer Weigel is a talented broadcaster who has worked hard to earn his stripes,” said Jennifer Graves, WLS’s vice president and news director, in making the announcement. “His father is an important part of ABC 7′s sports legacy and we are thrilled that another Weigel will again be working the sports beat at our station.”

Weigel has worked as a reporter for Sacramento’s KOVR as well as San Diego’s KUSI.  Most recently he served as a sports anchor for HLN’s morning show.

Before becoming a TV journalist, Weigel worked as an actor.  Read more

Chicago’s WLS Chooses Ryan Chiaverini and Valerie Warner as ‘Oprah’ Successors

When stations around the country talk about “replacing” Oprah as she moves to cable, they don’t mean it quite as literally as Chicago’s WLS does. The station that Oprah has called home since the very beginning is now set to launch a brand-new live morning show in her soon-to-be-vacant timeslot.

The ABC-affiliate announced today that its Oprah replacement, the new 9 a.m. “Morning Rush” show, will be hosted by Ryan Chiaverini and Valerie Warner.

Chicago viewers are already familiar with Chiaverini and Warner, who both have worked in the market for the past five years.  Chiaverini comes to “Morning Rush” from WLS’s sports department and Warner joins the station after working as a morning anchor and traffic reporter for WGN.

“We looked at hundreds of tapes and scores of auditions and found we had two enormously talented people right here in our own backyard,” said Emily Barr, WLS’s president and general manager, in making the announcement. “We are thrilled to have Valerie and Ryan as the face of our new show.”