WPKO & WBLL is celebrating a milestone this weekend; it's the 20th anniversary of the Shopping Show.
President and General Manager Lou Vito started the show in January 1993.
Lou says the popular program has saved listeners and buyers over $3 million the last two decades.
Listen to Lou reflect on the show, its success, and funny memories over the years.
When the show first aired 20 years ago there were only a handful of businesses that listeners could buy. Now there are nearly 80 full-time participants in the Shopping Show and many seasonal items like tickets and boat rentals.
The Shopping Show offers you an opportunity to buy certificates to local businesses at a discounted price. For example, the Shopping Show currently sells $20 gift certificates to Donato's Pizza for $14, saving you $6. Listeners call in to the Shopping Show and reserve their orders by giving their last 4 digits of their phone number. Then they come to WPKO & WBLL during business hours (8:30-5:00) and pay for their items. They are then given their certificates, tickets or gift cards to use at the local business. The Shopping Show is open to everyone, just like any retail store. It is also open to all businesses in the area. The Shopping Show sells a variety of items; food, oil changes, house painting, shoes, clothes, contact lenses, teeth whitening, tanning, getting your hair done, flowers, jewelry, salt, water, catering and more.
You can listen to the Shopping Show weekdays after the noon news on 1390 WBLL "The Bell, Wednesday evenings after the 5:30 on Mix 98.3 WPKO and Saturdays from 9:00-11:00 on WPKO & WBLL.
Longtime listener Ferrell Spencer of Logansville says the Shopping Show helps his family save 50-75 dollars each month on restaurant items, oil changes, and salt.
Hear the complete interview with Spencer.
One of the big developments over the years in the Shopping Show has been the Saturday auctions. Auctions started about year three when a featured item was auctioned off live on the radio. This gives listeners a chance at buying a big item that is limited to a one time sale. Over the years the auctions have saved folks thousands of dollars on cars, personal watercrafts, a wedding, catering, campers, decks, water softeners, a side of beef, a trip to see the Cleveland Indians including a hotel room, windows, patio additions, carpet, Buckeyes football tickets and many more.
To celebrate the 20-year anniversary, the Shopping Show will present a variety of special deals Saturday morning from 9-11 on WPKO & WBLL. Stay tuned to hear what co-hosts Chad Wilkinson and Matt Smith will offer for deep discounts.
Anyone wanting to know more about the Shopping Show can call 592-1045.