Oprah's first show (1986)
The small start to something big: September 8, 1986 was the day ‘meaningful entertaining television' changed forever. It was the day Oprah Winfrey, 32 at the time, began her nationally syndicated talk show. Prior to the O phenomenon, the show was a half-hour morning talk show airing on WLS-TV in Chicago.
Oprah fought hard to win her place in daytime national TV. Over the years she would turn the show into a conglomerate that includes movies, plays, books, documentaries, magazines, radio, spinoff shows and, most recently, a brand-new television network called OWN.
“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher” said O and for millions of her fans, she did just that.