Livewire (talk show)

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Livewire
Livewire screenshot.jpg
Fred Newman hosting
Format Talk show
Children's
Presented by Fred Newman
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) Alyce Myatt
Jeff Weber
Producer(s) Celia Bernstein
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Original run 1980 (1980) – 1985 (1985)

Livewire is a kids' talk show on the U.S. television cable network, Nickelodeon which began in September 1980 and ended in 1985. It was a talk show for kids of all ages, and the show's main focus discussed true current events and stories during those times. It was taped at the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York through Reeves Teletape Studios of Sesame Street fame. It was filmed 'live on tape' with a participating audience of about 20-30 teenagers and was hosted initially by Mark Cordray, but Fred Newman eventually replaced Cordray as host. It was a CableACE Award winner, the first Nickelodeon talk show to achieve that feat. It was the #1 rated show on Nickelodeon in 1982, and never went below #7 in the ratings during the 5 year span of the show.

The show was most famously known for giving relatively unknown bands and singers their first television appearance. Bands and celebrities who got their start on it and those who had made an appearance on it included:[citation needed]

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