July 12, 2004
Terri Ouellette is on the go . . . again.
Beginning July 31, "On the Go With Terri O," will be seen 6:30 p.m. Saturdays on KPHOTV (Channel 5).
"It wasn’t an easy decision to make because I love (KTVK-TV) Channel 3, but it’s kind of like graduating from high school and going to college," Ouellette said of her decadelong relationship with that station. "It was difficult but necessary in order to grow.
"The format of the show won’t change," said the Emmy award-winning Ouellette. "It’s still focused on lifestyles and people who are on the go."
On Channel 5, Ouellette’s show will lead into CBS’ prime-time Saturday lineup.
"There aren’t very many people who are energetic and pop right off the screen as she," said Steve Hammel, Channel 5's vice president and general manager. "It’s a positive step for us."
Moving her show to the CBS affiliate was an important first step in "building the empire," said Ouellette, who has set her sights on national syndication and becoming a best-selling author.
The Valley’s "craft queen" started her career as a reporter on Channel 3's "Good Morning Arizona." In 1999, she launched her own crafting show, "Home With Terri O," which dominated its Saturday morning time slot and endeared Ouellette to thousands of women trying to survive the NFL playoffs. That show garnered Ouellette an Emmy in 2001.
In addition to guest spots on cable’s The Discovery Channel, HGTV and The Learning Channel, Ouellette writes a weekly column that runs on Fridays in the Tribune’s East Valley Life section. The column is a run-up to what viewers can see in her Saturday show, and will cover a variety of topics from bargain shopping to surviving allergy season.