When I was a kid, I remember watching Aunt Betty's show on afternoon TV somewhere in the vicinity of the news (part of it? after it?), and I remember sometimes getting to try out new food if she happened to be testing recipes when we were around. And even when there aren't any recipes to test or shows to film, she always has good, hearty, mostly healthy food to eat and scads of recipes to share.
I like the reminder, too, that there aren't just people like Rachael Ray and Giada around-- there are tons of local cooks and tv stars around, and they all have something to say, too.