Oprah Talk Research

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In the beginning of the 1960’s, talk shows were usually devoted to either light entertainment containing comedy, celebrity guests, and music or more serious discussions of the news and politics. They were created based on “controlled spontaneity.” Talk shows covered a variety of topics from the news to gossip, sports to religion, and hobbies to advice (Gregg, McDonogh, Wong). Hosts like Geraldo Rivera pursued formats that were similar to this; however, when Oprah was brought into the picture, she set herself apart from other talk shows of that time and changed daytime talk shows from being gossipy to intimate (News discovery). Oprah began her career from the bottom and worked her way up. She started broadcasting at WVIK radio in Nashville’s while she was still in high school. When she went to Anchor Nashville’s WTVE-TV news at age 19, Oprah became the first African-American and the youngest person to anchor there. After her success on Nashville’s WTVF-TV, she left collage and relocated to Baltimore to co-anchor WJZ-TV evening news. Oprah could not distance herself from the stories and the emotional connection so she was fired. A new manager at the station saw Oprah’s potential and made her a co-host of the 1977 talk show. “People Are Talking”. She managed to make the show an instant success with her uncommon ability to connect intellectually and emotionally with a wide variety of topics. After a couple of years, Oprah moved on to hosting WLS-TV’s morning talk show, AM Chicago, in 1984. About a year later, the show expanded to an hour long broadcasting and was renamed “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” (Oprah’s official) The other talk shows during 1994 began to become increasingly trashy and exploitative. Oprah did not want to be suc... ... middle of paper ... ...lly raped at the age of nine. Afterwards, there were constant episodes of sexual molestation and physical abuse from relatives from when she was 10 to 14. To overcome the ordeal, Oprah explained that she had t believe in a power greater than herself. “She also said in the discussion with Letterman that she spent much of her life attempting to rebuild her self-esteem. In the end though, Oprah overcame poverty, parental neglect, sexual abuse, and racism to become one of the richest and most powerful women in the entertainment industry. Oprah is a dedicated children’s rights activist. She became motivated by her childhood abuse and proposed a bill that established a national database of convicted child abusers. She testified before a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for a National Child Protection Act. Later on, President Clinton signed off on the “Oprah Bill” in 1993.
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