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Bantering Barristers

Les Shively and Pat Shoulders’ brand of political discourse is back on the airwaves

“Shively & Shoulders” returned to the airwaves just in time for Evansville’s May 2 primary election. Filmed monthly, viewers can expect Vanderburgh Superior Court Judge Les Shively and attorney Pat Shoulders to animatedly banter political viewpoints for a television audience on WNIN Channel 9.

Shively, appointed to Vanderburgh Superior Court in 2013 by former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, and Shoulders, a partner at Evansville law firm Ziemer, Stayman, Weitzel & Shoulders, first filmed their spirited debate show from 2000 to 2008.

WNIN President and CEO Tim Black says January’s Winter Gala bolstered funding for the show’s reboot.

“‘Shively & Shoulders’ will do what it has always done best — present timely and informed discussion about the issues and topics that are affecting our local communities,” Black says. “Les and Pat are from opposite sides of the political spectrum, but they will demonstrate, in each episode, how a robust and frank discussion should be conducted.”

Since 2008, the pair reunited for appearances on several WNIN news and political commentary shows. But they missed regular political discourse, and with their friendly banter being a WNIN fan favorite, the duo decided to resurrect their show.

“Neither Les nor I have ever met a microphone we didn’t like,” Shoulders says. “Despite the fact that the show went off the air 15 years ago, not a week has gone by without the judge or I being stopped by someone who tells us that they enjoyed it or that they wish we were back on.”

“Shively & Shoulders” airs at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and at 10:30 a.m. Sundays on WNIN-TV.


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Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen is the managing editor of Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines.

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