A Study In Stardom: 14 Celebrities Who Parlayed Their TV/Radio Hosting Gigs To Fame

October 15, 2012  |  
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Oprah Winfrey

She is crowned the Queen of Media, a career that spans over radio, television and print; Oprah Winfrey is a mogul who doesn’t need a credentials check. Her humble beginnings were at a local radio station, which hired her to do news part-time until an opportunity in Nashville earned her a hosting job, the youngest and first black female news anchor in Nashville at the time. Oprah went on to co-anchor in Baltimore before relocating to Chicago in 1983 to host AM Chicago. With the ratings boost she brought on at the morning show, The Oprah Winfrey Show was born in 1986, the highest-rated program of its kind in history and nationally syndicated until its end in 2011. Now, you can find Oprah as the head of her OWN magazine, her OWN television network, her OWN SiriusXM radio show and her leadership academy for girls in South Africa.

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