Oprah Is Not the Only Game in Town: Five Good Places to Get Booked

November 2009
by Karen Melamed

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Oprah Is Not the Only Game in Town: Five Good Places to Get Booked

by Karen Melamed

When people find out I was a producer on The Oprah Winfrey Show, two questions always come up: “What’s she really like?” followed by “How can I get on her show?”

These are people from all backgrounds and with all sorts of agendas. Some have a personal story to share; some have a product to push; and many have a book they want chosen for the powerful Oprah Book Club. I listen patiently and always ask a question of my own: “Have you tried getting on any other show?” Nope. Oprah’s their girl. The publishers and writers just know that Oprah would love their books. It’s Oprah or bust. So, usually, it’s bust.

Of course, some do make it to Chicago to be interviewed by Oprah, but winning the lottery might be easier. As producers, we had thousands of people to choose from because everyone wanted to talk to Oprah. Big-name celebrities, famous newsmakers, and New York Times bestselling authors were all lined up to fly to Chicago and jump on her studio couch. And guess what? Even some of those famous folk with expensive publicists couldn’t get past our desks, because they just didn’t fit into our show themes. I remember overhearing a fellow producer turn down Bill Clinton as a guest…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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