Undoubtedly, one of the reasons why “WGN Morning News” recently celebrated its eleventh consecutive year at the top of the ratings among adult viewers is Larry Potash.
As the main anchor of WGN-Channel 9’s morning news program since 1995, Potash plays the cynical straight man in a talented cast of characters with extraordinary chemistry and impeccable timing.
But as good as he is on the morning news, Bottas is probably doing some of his best work at night for the main Nexstar Media station.
“Backstory with Larry Potash,” the award-winning historical magazine series he’s hosted since 2018, returns this weekend for a new season at a new time – airing at 6:30pm on Saturdays (and repeating at 11pm on Sundays).
Among the highlights of Saturday’s opening are a deep dive into the history of Bozo the Clown and the many men who have played the beloved artist over the years.
Nowhere did Bozo have more loyal fans than Chicago, “Bozo’s Circus” debuted on WGN in 1961 with the legendary Bob Bell in the title role. For most shows that have lasted 40 years, they have been the hottest tickets in town, often with a waiting list of up to 10 years.
Bottas said of his investigation which included a trove of documents he obtained from the family of Larry Harmon, who licensed the character in the 1950s and claimed to train more than 200 performers for the role.
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