Chicago-owned station WLS-TV Channel 7 canceled Windy City Live, a daytime talk show that replaced The Oprah Winfrey Show 10 years ago. The show’s final episode will be produced on September 3, its last broadcast, WLS-TV chairman and CEO John Idler said in an email obtained by Robert Feder last week. Windy City Live is produced by WLS-TV and hosted by Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini.
“As we continue to navigate the tough times in our industry, we have had to make a tough business decision to end the daily broadcast of Windy City Live“Idler wrote in his letter to staff members.” I want to thank WCL’s exceptional producers and production team for their tireless commitment to making a decade of great television. CMTThe hard-hitting storytelling and community outreach exceeded our expectations when we launched the show in 2011. “
Warner and Chiaverini have hosted the show since its launch in 2011. They are both expected to stay on the network, but 10 full-time jobs and several freelance positions could be at risk, Feder reports. After the last Windy City Live episodes broadcast, Warner and Chiaverini will host Windy city weekend, a half-hour broadcast covering weekend events and activities in Chicago. The show will air Fridays at 11:30 a.m. starting September 10. They will also host quarterly specials. WSL-TV has not announced what the 13-hour weekday slot will take.
Windy City Live debuted in May 2011, a few weeks after The Oprah Winfrey Show ended. It resumed the 9 a.m. time slot, but was then moved to 11 a.m. and then to 1 p.m. The show was filmed in front of a studio audience at WSL-TV headquarters. The show scored well in local ratings and reportedly generated revenue from its sponsored content, reports Feder.
The show built a dedicated fan base in Chicago. Back in June 2019, the Chicago Tribune interviewed several fans who attended several recordings, which earned him the nickname “Windies”. One fan, Quedell “Q” Paramore, told the Tribune he’s seen over 100 recordings between late 2017 and 2019. “Ryan and Val are my sister and my brother. You know, we’re family,” Paramore said of the show’s hosts. “They are so loving and warm and just down to earth. What you see with the camera on is (the same as) with the camera off.”
“The free stuff is cool, but we really enjoy the time to go out and talk about everyday topics and talk about the events of Chicago,” Corren Evans told the Tribune in 2019. “We met some really interesting people, a lot of locals. We really enjoyed that they showcased Chicago – places in Chicago and people you don’t usually see on all the other shows. of TV.”