Woman's World (TV program)

Woman's World was a lifestyle program that ran for more than two decades on WKRG-TV channel 5 in Mobile, Alabama. It was hosted by Connie Bea Hope and Estella Payton.[1][2][3][4] It aired at noontime and lasted for 30 minutes. The show included guest appearances and interviews.

Woman's World
Created byKenneth R. Giddens
StarringConnie Bea Hope
Estella Payton
Monica Knight
Jackie Richards
Country of originUnited States
Running time30 minutes
Original networkWKRG-TV
Original release1955 (1955) –
1981 (1981)

Show historyEdit

Hope joined WKRG from its inception in September 1955 and began hosting Connie's Cupboard with Bea Hope, with Estelle Payton (1904–1999) as her assistant. In the early years, Payton, an African American, did not appear on camera unless her hands slipped into the shot while setting up or removing utensils. Later, in the 1960s, Payton began to appear on air. She was eventually given third billing on the program's opening titles, given her own microphone, and occasionally offered comments on Hope's demonstrations.[citation needed]

The show aired at the same time and in direct competition with Gulf Coast Today, a local women's show on WALA-TV hosted by Dot Moore.[citation needed] Woman's World was included in the Mobile Chamber of Commerce article celebrating WKRG's 50th anniversary, where it was listed as one of the TV station's favorite shows from the channel's early days of broadcast.[5] Notable guests on the program included well-known celebrities, such as Michael Landon. [6]

A columnist suggested in 2006 that the show was an example of Mobile's progressivity in race relations.[7]


  1. ^ Lanier, Kim. "Television cook Estella Payton dies at age 95." Mobile Press-Register [Mobile, Alabama] December 16, 1999: B1.
  2. ^ Lanier, Kim. "Cooking show hostess 'Connie Bea' Hope dies." Mobile Press-Register [Mobile, Alabama] January 27, 1993: B1
  3. ^ "The Mobile version of Julia Child and Martha Stewart. Had a long run cooking show on channel Five (formerly one of only two channels in the City)." Culture "Cul-cha"; How to Speak Mobile Connie Bea and Estelle Mobile Bay Convention and Visitor's Bureau
  4. ^ Herman W. Land Associates Inc. Television and the Wired City a Study of the Implications of a Change in the Mode of Transmission 1968, July (1111) ASIN: B000RL0X18
  5. ^ WKRG-TV Celebrates 50 Years on the Air page 7, 8 The Business View May 2005 Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
  6. ^ Landon Legacy: Woman's World (Host: Monica Knight, 197_ – 1981) WKRG-TV (Mobile, AL) /Date/, 197_
  7. ^ "As we look back at the first year in office for Mobile's first black mayor, the simple fact that a big deal has not been made about it shows just how far the city has come since 1956, when it was some-what extraordinary that an African-American woman would be co-host of a city-wide television program." C. Anderson Romagnano A Year with Mayor Sam Jones September 20, 2006 The SpringHillian (Mobile's first collegiate newspaper)

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