Not sure how I wound up on this list, but I received the following pitch to attend a taping for Tribune's "The Bill Cunningham Show."

I'm the Assistant Audience Coordinator at the Bill Cunningham Show! This is a brand new talk show looking for exciting and upbeat people to come and join us as audience members! This show is rare since it is extremely audience driven, which means the host gives the audience a chance to voice their opinions and really gets them involved in the whole experience.

Tickets are FREE, and we also provide a bus for you, if you have a group of 25 or more. We also provide FREE LUNCH for the group to stay for a SECOND SHOW.

If you are interested in being a part of this great experience in Television please email me back and we can discuss more details about the show and the day you would like to join us!

Thank you so much and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

I see only a few problems with this:

1. I am not exciting or upbeat. Boring and cynical is more like it.

2. You would have to bring a limo to my house, and give me lunch, dinner and a travel allowance, to attend even one taping of "The Bill Cunningham Show," much less wait around for a double-header.

3. Cunningham, a Cincinnati radio personality, told the Chicago Tribune last year about his longtime friendship with Tribune exec Randy Michaels, saying, "Randy Michaels is putting me on television, and I have 100 percent faith in him, that he would not put me in a product that I could not do or a product that would not be successful. I trust Randy Michaels with my professional life."

Of course, Michaels is — whoops — no longer at Tribune, having left after what can charitably be described as a lot of really bad publicity.

In other words, if you want to attend "The Bill Cunningham Show," I'd RSVP pronto.

 

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