On this date in 1986, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” was broadcast nationally for the first time, and TV was never quite the same.
“She’s a roundhouse, a full course meal, big, brassy, loud, aggressive, hyper, laughable, lovable, soulful, tender, low-down, earthy and hungry,” wrote critic Howard Rosenberg. “And she may know the way to Phil Donahue‘s jugular.”
Oprah, of course, would go on to dethrone Donahue as America’s top daytime talk host, star in several movies, start a magazine, launch her own network and develop chai tea for Starbucks.
For South Floridians who can never get enough O, here’s an aha moment: She’ll hold court next month in Miami.
“Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend,” which opened an eight-city tour last Friday in Atlanta, will take over American Airlines Arena Oct. 24-25, and will include appearances by author Deepak Chopra, spiritual leader Iyanla Vanzant and author Elizabeth Gilbert (“Eat, Pray, Love”).
Admission prices range from $99 to $999, but the cheapest seats are sold out.
For more info about seeing Oprah and friends live, go here.