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Television Fri Nov 20 2009

Oprah Ending Her Show: Bad for Chicago

I said before that if Oprah leaves Chicago, it won't be good for us. Well, now that she's announced the end of her CBS-syndicated show, my opinion remains unchanged. Since Discovery Communications, the company that's going to partner with her for her OWN cable network, isn't located in Chicago (except for a sales office), that means that a lot of resources and opportunities are going to disappear from our fair city.

Let's hope that another innovative, successful person in Chicago steps up to the plate to keep our city prosperous and dynamic.

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gdog / November 20, 2009 8:58 PM

oprah is a narcissistic fraud. she perpetuates america's greatest hoax: if you stay positive and work hard, you can be a millionaire, and that is what you want to be. if that is your goal, your odds are much better in this rigged economy by just playing the lottery.

BR / November 22, 2009 5:50 PM

I've never really associated Oprah with Chicago. Sure she tapes her show her, but she lives in California. She's an amazing philanthropist, but she spreads it around over the world. She's a great person for the amount of money and time she gives to charity, but I don't feel like she made a major impact to Chicago. For example, look at the museums and public spaces that bare the names of other prominent Chicagoans. It's a shame to see the 500 Harpo employees at risk of loosing their jobs. Furthermore, I'm sure some other local business and contractors will feel the financial loss as well. However, I just don't understand how this any more of a major loss than if a medium size business or factory were to shut down or move.

margaret / November 23, 2009 12:20 AM

It's not just the hundreds of employees who will lose their jobs, but think about all the people who come to see her show. That's thousands every year, and they go home and tell their friends and family how pretty Chicago is, how tasty the food is, how much great shopping there is, etc. So maybe the folks they know will come visit as well. Her show also has also reinvigorated the area around her studio. I'm not even a fan of her show, but I see how important it's been to the image and vitality of the city, especially because it's a commercially successful creative endeavor.

LaShawn Williams / November 23, 2009 8:21 PM

Margaret--I couldn't agree w/u more... (I am a fan of hers/her show, though...) :-)

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Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

By Nancy Bishop

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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Steve at the Movies Fri Jan 01 2016

Best Feature Films & Documentaries of 2015

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