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News/Talk Show
Premiered
Jan. 09, 1989
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USA
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CBS TV Network
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  • Werner Klemperer was a guest on this show and Pat Sajak presented him with a monocle, due to the fact that Werner Klemperer had recently had his original monocle stolen from his personal collection.
  • In 1988, a CBS late night executive named Michael Brockman believed he'd hit on the most promising Johnny Carson challenger in years With a smash hit in syndication, "Wheel of Fortune"…
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    In 1988, a CBS late night executive named Michael Brockman believed he'd hit on the most promising Johnny Carson challenger in years With a smash hit in syndication, "Wheel of Fortune" (1983), and lots of experience as a funny weather guy in Los Angeles, Pat Sajak struck Michael Brockman as CBS's first hope in a generation to get something started in late night.
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  • When he first complained about Sajak, Rod Perth had been the general manager of WBBM, the station CBS owned in Chicago. As soon as Sajak's ratings started their inexorable nosedive, Lucy…
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    When he first complained about Sajak, Rod Perth had been the general manager of WBBM, the station CBS owned in Chicago. As soon as Sajak's ratings started their inexorable nosedive, Lucy Salhany, the head of Paramount Television, had called Perth in Chicago, telling him he had 24 hours to buy into the suddenly scalding-hot The Arsenio Hall Show. WBBM had strong ties to Paramount, and Salhany was respecting those ties giving Perth first crack at Arsenio Hall in the Chicago market. Perth jumped at the chance, putting Arsenio on the air immediately after Sajak. Having a station that CBS owned snap up Hall only gave the restless CBS affiliates more reason to sign on for Arsenio themselves. But most of them used Hall to replace Sajak. By December 1989, more than fifty CBS stations made the switch, dooming Sajak even as they coronated Arsenio as the first truly viable challenger to The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
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