Huckabee Hops to Fox Stations for Summer Test

Mike Huckabee -- former governor of
Arkansas, Republican presidential candidate and popular collaborator to various
news programs -- is getting a shot at his own talker. News Corp.-owned Twentieth
Television will test a talk show, hosted by Huckabee, for six weeks in seven
markets starting on Monday, July 26. 

The
Huckabee Show
, an hour-long strip, will be taped
in New York in front of a live studio audience. Huckabee will continue to host his
eponymous weekend program, Huckabee, on Fox News Channel.

The
program will air on Fox-owned stations in the following markets: WNYW New
York  at 12:00 p.m.; KDFW Dallas/Fort Worth at 1 p.m.; WFXT Boston at 10:00
a.m.; WAGA Atlanta at 1:00 p.m.; WJBK Detroit at 12:00 p.m.; WTVT Tampa at
11:00 a.m.; and KMSP Minneapolis/St. Paul at 10:00 a.m. 

 "We're
always looking for topical programs helmed by distinctive personalities that
can pair well with news," said Frank Cicha, SVP of programming for Fox
Television Stations, in a statement.

Similarly,
Twentieth and Fox TV stations are currently running a six-week test of The
Kilborn File
, which also is airing in seven markets.

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.