Oprah, Queen of Many Media

By Mike Brewster

When 22-year-old Oprah Winfrey showed up for her job as a newscaster at

WJZ-TV in Baltimore in 1976, the station's suits told her that her nose was too wide, her hair too long, and her manner too sentimental. The biggest problem, though, was her name. Oprah -- a birth certificate mangling of what was supposed to be Orpah (itself a mouthful) -- they said, was too difficult to remember or pronounce.

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