'Nude Hippo' finds new legs on 'Chicago Nonstop'
After 13 years as the ringmaster of "The Nude Hippo Show," creator and producer Tony Lossano is about to unveil a new online look and a new digital television outlet for the latest incarnation of his Chicago-based variety/talk magazine show.
"My lifelong dream of producing a show on NBC has finally come true -- however, I don't think that I was clear enough, as we are only on the sister digital 5.2 channel. We have big shoes to fill as we will be replacing the non-stop weather animation with our non-stop nonsense.‚ We don't have a timeslot . . . we'll be on everyday with new segments, thrown in randomly with other NBC programming and whatever else they can find lying around.‚ I expect we'll be shown in-between LeeAnn Trotter at some red carpet event and an old video of Jim Ruddle's commentaries."
Over the years, the format of "Nude Hippo" has evolved from a sketch variety show to a magazine-style talk show. Lossano said the "newer-er" version will alter the role of the show's personalities from reporting stories to "living the stories' experiences [and] making the segments interactive." In addition to producing the television series, Lossano continues his day job as morning producer at Clear Channel Radio adult contemporary WLIT-FM (93.9). Shown in the photo above are (from left): Amy Zanglin, Pogo, Ashley Lobo, Tony Lossano, Gina Ferraro and Nick Rosario.