The Hotel Indigo's music venue, the Rialto Room, will be the venue for a new Athens-based talk show, The Porch, hosted by our own Paige Carmichael (ex-Friends president) as well as by radio host Liz Dalton, singer-songwriter Marty Winkler and executive director for the Junior League of Athens and the Taylor Grady House Jennifer Wootton. The first taping will be held tomorrow (Tuesday, November 17), with doors opening at 12:30 p.m. It's free, but RSVP is required for entry, so call 706.286.1700 if you're interested, and they'll let you know if they still have space.
Here's a longer description of the show from the promo email:
Initially showcasing front porches of Madison, Georgia, The Porch is a weekly half-hour talk show videotaped before a live audience. The pilot will be broadcast several times in November and December on the University of Georgia's commercial TV station, WNEG, before the series goes into production in January and becomes a weekly staple of the stationâs schedule.
Starring Athens locals Paige Carmichael, Liz Dalton, Marty Winkler and Jennifer Wootton, the format of The Porch will be familiar to anyone who has watched The View or Live with Regis & Kelly. The showâs interests, concerns and guests will exclusively reflect Northeast Georgia in a way that no TV talk show, national or out of Atlanta, ever has. Like the southern institution from which it takes its title, The Porch will be a place for seriously casual conversation about anything and everything of interest to its regional constituency, from fashion to flu shots, from politics to party-planning. The series will also showcase the regionâs diverse wealth of music, arts and crafts.
Each installment of The Porch will feature interviews with one or more guests. Athens-based caterer, historic preservationist and raconteur Lee Epting will be the pilot showâs primary guest. But half the fun of the show will be the four co-hosts just talking among themselves off the cuff.
The Porch is a production of TerraVision in association with The Rialto Club, Hotel Indigo and WNEG-TV, which is owned by the University of Georgia and operated by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.