MONTGOMERY, AL – Raycom Media and Kids at Play announce a new show venture – ME TIME with Frangela – premiering this fall in all Raycom Media markets. The new series highlights a Raycom Media strategic initiative to develop its own original multiplatform content.
Featuring Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton, this dynamic team headlines an interactive 30-minute talk show exploring and debating the headlines, topics and characters of the day. If the audience is texting, talking or tweeting about it, “ME TIME” will be featuring it.
Expert interviews, video chats with guests and viewers, Frangela’s unbridled opinions and friendly debates on a wide range of topics, controversies and characters will have the audience laughing and crying with joy. “ME TIME” is more than just what Frances and Angela think; the viewer is a part of the show, too. Posting to the show’s social media, everything is fair game for the hosts who never back away from controversy, meaty topics and sassy fun.
Pat LaPlatney, Raycom Media President and CEO stated, “We are happy to bring ME TIME with Frangela to our local audiences at Raycom Media. This is one of many reasons we look forward to coming together with Gray Television to bring quality, original programming across multiple platforms to our local consumers.”
Ken Reiner, Raycom Media Vice President of Programming stated, “I am extremely excited to introduce these two very talented best friends to our communities and work with an extremely creative team at Kids at Play. From sunup to sundown, our viewers are running errands, doing laundry, making dinner, studying, working and raising kids. It’s a non-stop race so that’s why Frances and Angela love to say, ‘Women everywhere need a little ME TIME!’”
Frangela followed up, “We are thrilled to have a fun place to talk with, not to, the audience. Everything is fair game -it’s no-holds barred and we can’t wait to be their favorite half-hour!”
“ME TIME” taps into Frangela’s 20-year friendship and experiences as comedians, pop culture pundits, actresses, radio/podcast hosts, writers, Tweeters, and Facebookers. Perhaps best known for fighting bugs on NBC’s “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here,” Frangela has also been featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and VH1’s hit weekly pop culture show “Best Week Ever.” They’ve appeared as pop culture pundits on NBC’s “The Today Show” and “Dateline,” as well as on CNN’s “Showbiz Tonight.” They’ve also hosted their own radio show “The Week According to Frangela” and they write and produce a weekly political and pop culture podcast “The Final Word” for Westwood One.
“The savvy daytime audience is consuming content across multiple mediums as they maximize the time in their busy schedules.” Jason Berger of Kids at Play continued, “ME TIME with Frangela is a show that is built with those foundations at its core with the highly entertaining Frangela duo. We couldn’t be more excited to be working with the Raycom Media and soon to be Gray Television team to bring this fresh and new format to audiences.”
The show will debut in September across all Raycom Media markets, reaching 16% of the country.
Created internally at Raycom Media by consultant Donna Harrison.
VP Marketing/Audience Development
Raycom Media, an employee-owned company, is one of the nation’s largest privately-owned local media companies and owns and/or provides services for 65 television stations and 2 radio stations in 44 markets located in 20 states. Raycom Media owns or provides services for stations covering 16% of U.S. television households and employs over 8,300 individuals in full and part-time positions. In addition to television stations, Raycom Media is the parent company of CNHI (community newspapers and information products; over 100 titles located in 23 states), PureCars (digital ad platform for the automotive industry), Raycom Sports (a marketing, production and events management and distribution company), Tupelo Raycom (sports and entertainment production company), RTM Productions (automotive programming production and marketing solutions company) and Broadview Media (a post- production/digital signage company). Raycom Media is headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama.
Kids At Play is a Hollywood-based content creation studio that develops and produces TV, digital, film, and commercial content. Most recently KAP produced “Beerfest” for Warner Brothers and CW, “Buddy System” for You Tube Red, “The 5th Quarter” for Go90, “Junketeers” for Comedy Central, “The Thinning” for Legendary and You Tube Red and branded projects for Burger King, Corona and Pringles to name a few. They are represented by UTA, Artists First, Rothernberg, Mohr & Binder, LLP and PMKBNC.
Frangela is represented by Kristin Peace of Kaplan Stahler Agency.