Local show ready for national market

A Youngstown talk show host is hopeful her show will be picked up nationally.

Deborah Benton is the host and creator of the locally produced, live studio talk show  “Deborah.”

The first live studio audience taping was held Thursday at the show’s studios on Wick Avenue in downtown Youngstown.

Benton said a syndicator has been patiently waiting on a pilot episode for almost two years.

“He believes in us. He’s hanging in there. He’s got other shows out in national syndication, and he believes in what we are doing here in the Valley,” said Benton. “We’re just trying to get it all in gear.”

Benton said the show has been nine years in the making. The first episodes of the show were taped in 2004 in Benton’s living room with Benton performing all production duties and interviews. In 2005, she gained a volunteer crew and began taping again. After a move into a more suitable studio and the support of an experienced producer, she was able to produce a show ready for syndication.

The pilot show featured fitness and health discussion, live music performances by recording artist Londyn Marie, cooking, fashion, and a celebrity interview with former NBA Star and CBS Sports Analyst Clark “Special K’ Kellogg.

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