STAY TUNED: Couric learns her ABCs; ‘Hospital’ on life support; classic TV comes to SWFL

BILL GREEN

It’s official, Katie Couric has a deal with ABC. She’ll contribute to the news department and launch a syndicated show in 2012.

ABC owned-and-operated stations have been told that the network will clear the 3 p.m. timeslot for the syndicated show. So what will happen to “General Hospital” now that ABC is losing one hour of daytime?

I say it all depends on the success of “The Chew” and “The Revolution.” Those are the shows replacing cancelled soaps, “All My Children” and “One Life To Live.”

If both talkers do well in the ratings, “GH” is likely to end its run come fall 2012. Why. Because talk is cheap; literally.

ABC could also decide to cut any two of the three shows to a half hour to make room for Katie. Only time will tell.

“AMC” bows out this September. “OLTL” ends in January.

It’s all about ME at ABC-7

Me-TV (a.k.a. Memorable Entertainment Television) has arrived in Southwest Florida.

Me-TV features a wide range of classic television programming, including “M*A*S*H,” “Perry Mason,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” the original ‘Star Trek” and “Hawaii Five-O.”

The digital classic television network launched Monday on ABC-7’s digital channel 26-2.

Your comments on WGUF

A couple of weeks ago I told you about the sudden departure of WGUF morning host Bob Harden following a contract dispute. Last week we discussed WGUF’s daytime lineup revamp, which includes Don Imus, Laura Ingraham, Neal Boortz and local host Dave Elliott.

Here’s what some of you had to say about the changes …

Glenn writes: “It’s really sad. Another radio station that gives in to the vocal few. Unfortunately, the vocal few are the ones with the money and like to hear their own thoughts live on the radio. It’s amazing to me that their views and ideas are always 100 percent correct and there is no reason to even listen to alternative views or even the actual facts. My party has been hijacked by these wealthy stentorians that practice incestual thinking that can only result in bad outcomes for the entire country. The best ideas and results come from all sides of a viewpoint when discussed in an adult fashion. When anything is one-sided, just like a boat, it will capsize and sink. I don’t want my country to sink.

“I’ll listen to WSJ in the A.M. and D.E. in the afternoon for short periods of time … but the bulk of my listening hours will be tuned to something else. WGUF is a local radio station that is no longer local.”

Larry writes: “I am not extremely disappointed to see Bob Harden leave. Bob is a nice guy, but his show was not that interesting. Same old guests, same old topics (Fifth Ave., theater, where Bob gets his teeth done, where Bob goes to the bank, where he gets his knees fixed, where he likes to meet the mayor for dinner, etc.). … I am sure our seasonal visitors thought they were reliving Groundhog Day every time they came to Naples each year.

“But the lineup Roger at WGUF has come up with is baffling. To move Neal Boortz’ live show to a delay slot against Rush? And by doing so, discontinues Clark Howard? … And to replace the morning Harden/Neal Boortz time slot with Imus and Ingraham is even more questionable. Boortz is entertaining, fresh every day, and provides wonderful commentary. And he lives here! WGUF didn’t even have the decency to tell Neal in advance of the program change. He has been way too kind to WGUF in the comments he has made about that change!”

Bob in Naples writes: “Yes it will have a negative affect to my tuning in to WGUF as most of my listening time is in the a.m. ... I have no beef with Ms. Ingraham but she is not Boortz. I always made time for Neal. Not the case anymore. Goodbye WGUF. Disappointed.”

Barbara Miller says she sent her letter to WGUF General Manager, Roger Harris. Here are a few excerpts: “My FM dial, for the most part is set on WGUF. Other than Boortz being one hour too long and Clark Howard one hour too short, it was a great lineup. Unfortunately, with the addition of Imus I feel your quality quotient dropped like a rock.

“But, by removing the Clark Howard show I feel you did your audience and the community a disservice. As a consumer advocate and good teacher, he keeps his listeners well informed in an easy-to-understand manner, not only on financial matters but with excellent consumer info to assist in positive decision-making. I do hope another station picks him up as he’s worth his weight in gold. Doesn’t look like you’re even running reruns on the weekend. There is no financial show on your station that is in the consumer’s best interest. I have to go to your competition to get one.”

What are you watching at 4 p.m.

WINK’s 4 p.m. news debuted on Monday. Did you make the switch or stay loyal to NBC-2? What do you think of the new broadcast? Do you think there’s too much local news on the air? Or not enough? Send me your comments: bgreen@naplesnews.com.

Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at bgreen@naplesnews.com.

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