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Danza Moves Up in Chicago

Freshman syndicated talker The Tony Danza Show (Buena Vista Television) is getting an upgrade in the nation's No. 3 market for next fall.

The show is moving from a late-night clearance on WLS-TV Chicago, which is owned by Buena Vista sibling ABC, to NBC-owned WMAQ-TV there for a noon airing.

Danza is renewed for season two and has been hunting for upgrades in three of the top-five markets.

The show got a big boost at the end of last month, when it got a daytime clearance in L.A., the nation's second-largest market. Again it was a case of moving from an ABC-owned station's late-night clearance to a daytime slot on the competition, in that case Viacom's KCBS/KCAL duopoly.

Buena Vista continues to work on an upgrade in Boston.

John Eggerton
John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.