Oprah Unearths Long-Lost Audition Tape (VIDEO)

05/08/2014 at 07:15 AM EDT

Shedding new light on a key part of her history, Oprah Winfrey has made public the audition tape that launched her career.

"One day [in 1983], I heard that there was a morning show in Chicago that needed a new host," Winfrey – at the time, a morning show co-host in Baltimore – revealed.

That show was AM Chicago, the program that wound up becoming The Oprah Winfrey Show.

"I had to work all night [cutting and editing the tape]. I was obsessed with getting this job … I don't know how on earth I got hired."

Oprah also discussed the origins of her name – it's not as outré an origin story as Spider-Man or Batman, but it's still illuminating.

"Originally I was named from the Bible by Aunt Ida who named me from Ruth, the first chapter at the 14th verse, Orpah," she said. "But no one knew how to spell in my home, and that's why I ended up being Oprah!"

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