Lionel has strong opinions. His ability to craft a cogent thought and offer salient solutions to a problem took him from lawyer to broadcaster.
Lionel, who’s real name is Michael Lebron, is seen daily on WPIX, hosting from 4 to 6 a.m. and a commentary in the 10 p.m. newscast.
Seizing on the chance to give America more Lionel, Tribune is creating a courtroom vehicle for him in the already flooded genre.
Broadcasting and Cable reports the plans are in the “very early” stages, which a Tribune spokesperson confirmed to FishbowlNY. Lionel, 54, joined WPIX in 2010. He has been on the national scene before, helming his syndicated show on the WOR Radio Network, and originating from WOR 710.
In 2007, Lionel hosted a daily show on the ultra Liberal, Air America Radio.
There is a precedence for Lionel banging a TV gavel (if that’s part of the show). In the late 1990s, the wordsmith anchored CourtTV’s Snap Judgment.