The Oprah Winfrey Network has now been around for about a month. From most reports, it’s not doing all that well. My own thoughts are to give it a little time. With the right programming and Oprah Winfrey herself (who is still under contract with CBS until September), the women will make a killing at it.
One of the programs found on OWN is “Searching for…,” starring Pam Slaton, a professional investigative genealogist, stay-at-home mom and New Jersey housewife. Pam is an adoptee who went searching for her birth mother nearly 20 years ago with devastating results. Now she’s not only searching, but starring in her own TV program.
The following is from her website:
Viewers can expect an intensely personal ride when cameras follow Pam and her clients through each step as they track down lost loved ones. Each searcher’s story is different, and the results are unpredictable and emotionally charged. Whether Pam’s clients find a joyous reunion, painful rejection or tragic loss, they all walk away with the closure they were desperate to find.
Pam Slaton’s career as a professional investigative genealogist began nearly 20 years ago. Wanting to find her own birth mother, Pam hired to a professional searcher. The experience was the most devastating of her life, and Pam vowed that no one else should have to go through what she did. She keeps her own pain in mind when helping clients on their journeys. And her results are astounding! Pam has an 85 percent success rate, follows a strict “no find, no pay” policy, and is one of the most sought-after professional searchers in the country.
The program airs on Mondays at 9/8 central on OWN.
Note that as of this moment there are 653 comments at her website, many from adoptees who are “searching for…”
Jordan Jones and readers at GenealogyMedia.com has some interesting comments about the new program.
Marian Pierre-Louis gives the program a critical review at her Marian’s Root’s & Rambles blog. Pam replies in the comments…
Since I haven’t seen the program personally, I’m not going to comment one way or the other about it “genealogically.” However, I find any programming of this type helps get the word out that “searching” can be done, and reunions are possible, if not always what the searcher wants.