August 15th, 2008 5:33 pm | by Byron Beck News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

HIP TO BE SQUARE: KGW-TV launching Evening Broadcast from Pioneer Courthouse Square

Watch out Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart, here comes Stephanie Stricklen.

As first reported here, KGW has announced it's launching a new show called "The Square Live at 7pm."

According to KGW President and General Manager DJ Wilson the show will broadcast from KGW's new HD Studio at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Produced by KGW's news department, Wilson says don't expect it to look anything like the Cheryl Hansen hosted 1970's and 80's PM Magazine, or other more product placement-driven local shows.

"It will be very cool, hip and interesting," Wilson told Willamette Week. She also expects the Square-based show to interact with both it's TV and live viewers. "It's going to be different from anything else on television."

Stricklen, who for the last couple of weeks has been broadcasting from the Bejing Olympics, will be relieved of her wee-hour duties of anchoring weekday mornings from 4:30 to 5 a.m.

Sassy, adorable—and human enough to show real emotion—it's a smart move for Stricklen (and KGW).

The new show is scheduled to launch the day after Thanksgiving.
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