When it is a slow news week on the media front, it is best to focus on general topics instead of specific events.
One topic that is regularly ignored is the local talk show. The local talk show is the cornerstone of public affairs programming. It is a strategic tool that public affairs and community relations departments of TV stations use to improve their reputations. But the viewership isn't that high. That's why I wanted to share ideas about what can make these shows better.
"Perspective" with Monique Caradine Kitchens, WPWR-TV (Channel 50)
Monique Caradine Kitchens knows how to find a good story. For almost 20 years, she has worked as a public relations and media expert with a background in radio and television. Three years ago, Mrs. Caradine Kitchens became the host of the weekly public affairs show, "Perspective" on WPWR-TV--which is taped at Fox Chicago studios and airs Sundays at noon. (Full disclosure: I appeared as a guest on the show in February 2009)
"Perspective" is a good show but it can better. For one thing, the show could be live instead of taped. It will help the host or fill in host (Kimbriell Kelley) be more timely even with the show's magazine style topics. If there were a specific development in medicine or politics, the viewers will learn more about it from an expert on the spot.
There also needs to be more emotion. The guests tend to be robotic--with the exception of Mr. Otis Monroe (featured in the segment above at the 12:15 mark). When I watch the show, I don't want to feel like I'm watching Meet The Press on NBC. I want some passion, energy, excitement and a little drama.
"Off 63rd" with Garrard McClendon, WYCC-TV (Channel 20)
I cover all media outlets on this blog, including public access and public broadcasting.
One host who seems to have boundless energy is Garrard McClendon, PhD. His show, "Off 63rd", airs Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. on WYCC-TV. Some folks have told me that he needs to tone it down but I've met him before and I think that's part of his identity. He has the kind of energy that I was just talking about with the Perspective show above. But he really needs an hour for his live format to work.
In addition to that, he needs to limit his guests from 3 to maybe two people. To make things even better, he should air magazine-style human interest stories to break up the monotony of the show and the visual fatigue one experiences when looking at a dark studio. This is not the Charlie Rose show. I want to see some of his viewers profiled for their work in the community as well as the big name folks he usually interviews.
I was trying to think of some more shows, but I'm tired. LOL!
Can you think of any talk programs (radio, online or TV) that are Chicago focused?
Thanks for reading.