Little noticed was a blog item two days after Christmas by Cincinnati Enquirer media columnist John Kiesewetter, but now the Chicago Tribune has jumped in as well. So, the whole world knows that liberal Jerry Springer and conservative WLW-AM Cincinnati talk host Bill Cunningham recently shot a TV show pilot at Raycom’s WXIX-TV (Fox) Cincinnati.
The show is being cooked up by Tribune Company CEO Randy Michaels and Sr. Vice President of Programming and Entertainment Sean Compton. The common thread here is Cincinnati. Michaels, Compton and Cunningham all worked together when Michaels headed Jacor Communications, which owned WLW. Springer was Mayor of Cincinnati long before he had his Chicago-based syndicated TV show.
The Tribune story describes the show concept as a political version of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption.” Springer and Cunningham would go at it on a particular topic until a bell sounds, then start up on a new topic.
If the show gets a green light it is expected to air in a number of Midwestern markets on stations owned by Tribune and others, but not on Tribune flagship WGN-TV Chicago.