Born on the Internet four years ago as a “light bulb moment” for Daryl Hall, Live from Daryl’s House, the award-winning webcast, will make its broadcast premiere nationally with two back-to-back half-hour episodes featuring Train and Fitz & the Tantrums, on Sept. 24.
Live from Daryl’s House marks the first full-length music web show to successfully cross over into the television syndication marketplace. It has been a hit monthly live-performance web series since 2007, featuring Daryl Hall jamming (and cooking and drinking) with friends, musicians and guest artists.
The 30-minute broadcast version is a performance reality series which takes place in the intimate setting in Hall’s home.
“This is a dream come true for me,” said the musician. “When I first had the idea for this series four years ago, I was hoping to reach a wide audience, and this is just another step in that plan. We’re all raring to go.”
So far, the show has been cleared in several major markets including New York (WPIX), Los Angeles (KTLA), Chicago (WGN), Dallas (KDAF) and Houston (KIAH) as well as Philadelphia (CBS-owned KYW), Boston (KBIN) and Atlanta (WATL). Most stations will air a full hour with two original shows back to back on Saturday nights.
“My time at Daryl’s House was incredible,” said Train lead singer Pat Monahan about the experience. “Daryl’s bandmates were super-seasoned pros and Daryl was gracious and right on with what I hoped such a legend would be like.”
“To get to play with one of my biggest influences and idols was a dream come true,” raves Fitz’s Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick. “Daryl and the guys put it down and we all left it on the floor! We went pretty deep into the Daryl Hall catalog to sing the first song Daryl ever recorded. It was a day we will never forget!”
Live from Daryl’s House made its broadcast debut on WGN America last year to impressive ratings, which spurred interest in syndication. The past four years have marked a steady stream of superlatives and recognition for Live from Daryl’s House, with Hall receiving a Webby Award for Best Variety series before garnering an O Music Award from MTV earlier this year.
Daryl launched the free monthly web series in November, 2007, after wanting to “play with my friends and put it up on the Internet.” The show marked its broadcast debut New Year’s Eve on superstation WGN America, where it greatly improved ratings for the time period.