Friday, May 30, 2008

Another Nail In Talk Radio's TV Coffin

Almost a year ago, Channel 58 said bye-bye to Mark Belling's TV show. There was some buzz about it coming back, either on Channel 58, or on Channel 6.

Then Channel 12 was able to sign on Mike Gousha, who had a successful interview show on Channel 4. He is continuing his success, now around the state.

This morning, I noticed a commercial on Channel 58 for their return to the talk show on TV realm, with a program called "Eye to Eye". Tim Cuprisin of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also has a blurb on it in today's paper:
Channel 58 starts a weekly interview show this weekend. "Eye to Eye," hosted by Paul Piaskoski, airs at 10:30 a.m. Sundays, with a repeat at 9:30 p.m. Sunday on low-power sister channel WMLW-TV (Channel 41 over the air and Channel 7 on Time Warner Cable). Also premiering is "Racine & Me" at 7 a.m. Sunday on Channel 58's new "Me-TV" sister channel - Channel 49 over the air, Channel 19 on Time Warner and digital channel 58.3.

It would be pretty apparent that Channel 58 recognizes the changing expectations of their audience, from repetitive squawking to actual conversation with news makers on relevant subjects. This does not bode well for any hopes Belling had of making a return to TV.

Now we can only hope that Channel 4 gains the same insight and loses Sykes' Incite.

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