ABC Chicago′s ‘Windy City Live’ daytime talk show to end in September

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“Windy City Live,” which has been a daytime staple on WLS-Channel 7, will end production in September after 10 years on the air, according to a representative of the TV station.

Hosted by Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini, the show was created to fill the programming slot previously occupied by Oprah Winfrey’s Chicago-based talk show. Media columnist Robert Feder reported on “WCL’s” cancellation last week, publishing an email to the station’s staff from WLS general manager John Idler, who noted:

“As we continue to navigate through our industry’s challenging times, we have had to make a tough business decision to sunset the daily airing of Windy City LIVE (WCL). Multiple factors were considered, but ultimately this was the best decision for ABC 7. The last M-F show will air Friday, September 3.”

Warner and Chiaverini are staying on with Channel 7 and will host a weekly show about upcoming events called “Windy City Weekends.”

“Windy City Live” has had a dedicated fan base during its run. Two years ago, Tribune reporter Tracy Swartz profiled a group of viewers who regularly attended tapings, dubbing themselves the “Windies.”

Corren Evans of Bronzeville told Swartz that the group “really just enjoy the time to get out and talk about daily topics and to talk about Chicago events. We’ve met really interesting people, a lot of local people. We’ve really enjoyed that they highlight Chicago — Chicago places and people that you ordinarily don’t see on all the other TV shows.”

The TV station has not yet announced what will be taking the show’s slot after Sept. 3.

nmetz@chicagotribune.com

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