National syndication to follow for talkshow host

Cincinnati radio personality Bill Cunningham has struck a deal with Tribune Broadcasting for a topical daytime yakker to air on Tribune’s 23 stations starting this fall.

Tribune is in talks with distribs to handle national syndication of “The Bill Cunningham Show,” which will be taped out of WGN’s studios in Chicago. Cunningham will continue to host his weekday radio gabfest for Cincinnati’s WLW-AM as well as his syndicated weekend radio show.

Tribune quietly produced a handful of episodes with Cunningham that ran in several markets as a test earlier this month. According to the Chicago Tribune, the test segs were exec produced by Richard Dominick, former showrunner of NBC Universal’s raunchy daytime talkers “Jerry Springer Show” and “Steve Wilkos.”

“Bill’s show represents a great opportunity for Tribune to get back into original programming production,” said Sean Compton, programming prexy for Tribune Broadcasting.

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