Garland Robinette, Hill’s former husband and longtime co-anchor at WWL-TV, announced Hill’s new show Thursday during an interview with her on The Think Tank With Garland Robinette.
He promised another programming announcement on his show Sept. 23 — this one regarding John “Spud” McConnell, whose Talk Gumbo with John “Spud” McConnell program will be displaced when Hill takes the time slot Talk Gumbo now fills.
In a news release issued after the announcement Chris Claus, vice president and general manager of Entercom New Orleans, WWL’s parent company, said, “Spud isn’t going anywhere. We have big and exciting plans for him.” It was followed by a pitch to tune in at noon Sept. 23 for the announcement.
During The Think Tank, Hill said she envisioned the show to be a forum of open minds, touching on subjects ranging from simply entertaining and offbeat to the challenges facing New Orleans. Producer Helen Centanni later confirmed to Gambit the show would be named Open Mind.
Hill moved to New Orleans in 1975 to work for WWL’s Eyewitness News as a consumer reporter but soon was tapped as a news anchor. She also hosted The Angela Show on WWL-TV for seven years and produced documentaries and special reports for the station. She retired in April.