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Fred Newman hosting
Presented byMark Cordray (1980)
Fred Newman (1981-85)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersAlyce Myatt
Jeff Weber
ProducerCelia Bernstein
Running time1 hour[1]
Original release
Release1980 (1980) –
1985 (1985)

Livewire is a kids' talk show on the American television cable network, Nickelodeon that began in September 1980 and ended in 1985. The series was designed for kids of all ages, and the show's main focus discussed true current events and stories during those times. It was taped at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York[1] through Reeves Teletape Studios of Sesame Street fame. It was filmed "live on tape" with a participating audience of about 20-30 teenagers, and was hosted initially by Mark Cordray, but Fred Newman soon replaced Cordray as host. It was a CableACE Award winner, the first Nickelodeon talk show to achieve that feat. Livewire was the #1 rated show on Nickelodeon in 1982, and never went below #7 in the ratings during the 5-year span of the show. After the last episode aired, the show went into reruns until May 7, 1988.

The show was most famously known for giving relatively unknown bands and singers their first television appearance. Bands and celebrities who appeared on the program include:

List of guests


  1. ^ a b Greene, Alexis (April 25, 1982). "What Cable Offers Children". The New York Times. Section 2, p. 28. Retrieved 2022-11-20.