Life Choices with Erie Chapman

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Life Choices with Erie Chapman and Kathleen Sullivan

Life Choices with Erie Chapman is a syndicated television show on health topics. The weekly, half-hour series was produced from 1987 to 1995 and was designed to motivate and inspire viewers to make choices resulting in a healthier lifestyle.

Life Choices began in 1987 as a locally produced program on WSYX-TV-6 in Columbus, Ohio - as a Phil Donahue-style forum for topical health issues, from fad diets to coping with stress. Later, the program become a magazine interview format, and in 1990, its producers expanded their efforts to take the weekly television show to a national audience. It entered its first season of syndication in 1992.[1][2]

The show was hosted by Erie Chapman, author of Radical Loving Care and then chief executive of Riverside Methodist Hospital and U.S. Health Corp., now OhioHealth. Co-hosts included Kathleen Sullivan,[3] (a former ABC News anchor), and Robin Young (a correspondent for NBC Nightly News, Today, and CBS This Morning.[4] The show regularly featured segments with popular psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers.

At its peak, Life Choices was seen in about one-third of the United States, in such major markets as Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle and Denver. The show also was seen in the former Soviet Union.

Two spin-off radio shows also aired, including a celebrity show and a live call-in program broadcast on WBNS (1460 AM) [5]

Beginning in November, 1990, the program originated from Mills James Productions in a studio originally built as a permanent home for the weekly production.

Life Choices was produced by a staff of 16 at a nonprofit U.S. Health subsidiary, U.S. Health Productions Co., and received a number of awards, including 10 television Emmy awards for broadcasting excellence.[6]

Past episodes of Life Choices are kept in the corporate archives of OhioHealth in Columbus, Ohio.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ RIVERSIDE CHIEF USES TV FOR BETTER HEALTH, Columbus Dispatch, The (OH) - Wednesday, December 14, 1988 Author: Julia Keller, Dispatch Television Critic
  2. ^ RIVERSIDE SHOW IS BRANCHING OUT,Columbus Dispatch, The (OH) - Tuesday, August 16, 1988 Author: Jack Willey
  3. ^ SULLIVAN TO BE ON NEW SHOW, USA TODAY Update July 6, 1992
  4. ^ BROADCAST BITS, Columbus Dispatch, The (OH) - Wednesday, January 15, 1992
  5. ^ (`LIFE CHOICES WITH ERIE CHAPMAN' HAS EXPANDED ITS PROGRAMMING ON WBNS (1460 AM) TO INCLUDE A WEEKLY CELEBRITY SHOW AND SIMULCAST OF THE `LIFE CHOICES' In 1991 LIFE CHOICES WITH ERIE CHAPMAN'
  6. ^ LAST SEGMENT OF 'LIFE CHOICES' TO AIR IN APRIL, Columbus Dispatch, The (OH) - Wednesday, March 1, 1995, Author: Bill Henson, Dispatch Business Reporter

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