NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Aug 27, 2013) - Top morning talk show "LIVE with Kelly and Michael" is moving to the Number One station in Chicago, ABC 7, joining the station's outstanding morning line-up beginning on Monday, September 2, 2013. Co-hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan will welcome Chicagoland viewers each weekday at 9:00 a.m. CT.
"LIVE with Kelly and Michael" continues the Emmy Award-winning "LIVE" franchise's remarkable run as one of television's outstanding success stories. With the beginning of the new season, co-hosts Ripa and Strahan will celebrate the one-year anniversary of their partnership, which has taken the program to the top of the entertainment talk show ratings this season.
"LIVE" originated in 1983 with former host Regis Philbin and WABC's "The Morning Show," and soon became the number one show in the market. Kathie Lee Gifford joined Philbin in June 1985 and in September 1988, the program debuted in national syndication and the title was changed to "Live with Regis & Kathie Lee." After Gifford left the show in 2000, Philbin kept the momentum going on "LIVE! with Regis." Kelly Ripa joined the show in 2001 and the program was re-christened "LIVE! with Regis and Kelly." After Philbin's 2011 departure, Ripa successfully helmed "LIVE! with Kelly" with a series of guest co-hosts before Michael Strahan signed on in September of 2012.
"This move to ABC 7 is a great opportunity for 'LIVE,'" said Executive Producer Michael Gelman. "Having grown up in the Chicago area, I know first-hand that it's one of the top stations in the country." Gelman continued, "We're joining a terrific line-up of morning programming that perfectly complements the spirit of our show."
According to John Idler, President & General Manager, ABC 7 Chicago, "We are excited to have the charm and wit of Kelly and Michael on ABC 7. They already feel like part of our Chicago family."
Also on September 2, "Windy City LIVE," ABC 7 Chicago's local talk and entertainment show, will move from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ABC 7 is Chicago's Number One television station. Visit ABC 7 online at abc7chicago.com, on Facebook or follow on Twitter, @abc7chicago.
"LIVE with Kelly and Michael" is distributed in national syndication by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. Produced by WABC-TV in New York and executive produced by Michael Gelman, "LIVE" airs in more than 200 markets across the U.S. Visit "LIVE" on the web at LIVEKellyandMichael.com, on Facebook, or follow "LIVE" on Twitter, @KellyandMichael.
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