Yet as a team, we can pull together to do some incredible work.
That was the day I began cutting classes and returning to TV tapings; it ultimately led to a friendship with Johnny O, and an increasing fascination and respect for what he did.
Because of my tremendous respect for Bob Barker and for the show's high standards of professionalism I consider this a tremendous honor that few announcers have ever been treated to. Both Rod's and Johnny's shoes are huge; I can't think about filling them.
If you have real passion for a career in game shows, be willing to serve an apprenticeship; it's the best way to learn.
But day in and day out, the most stimulating part of the work is being a member of a team of so many very bright, articulate and talented professionals.
As I slowly managed to take what I had learned into a transition from contestant to announcer and warm-up, I first had to prove myself on pilots. And as you know, many pilots are taped for each show that is lucky enough to breakthrough to being a series.
Because these show are live, script pages are being switched during the program and new commercial teases might be yelled in your ear with just enough time to scribble them on scrap paper before reading them.
For anyone who works in front of an audience there is no thrill quite like that of feeling and hearing the evidence of the audience members' enjoyment. Laughter and applause really are powerful.
'Press Your Luck' was probably the most exciting because of the unpredictability of the game and how I won on one of the three days on the very last spin against all odds. It was one of those great unpredictable game show moments.
At Johnny's suggestion I pursued a career in radio that eventually brought me to Los Angeles.
I enjoy 'Supermarket Sweep' because of its adlib demands in following the fast action.
It seems that no two people came to this specialized area of work via the exact same route.
Of course watching a particularly exciting game or a wonderful contestant is always a joy.
Over the long hours of taping 5, 6 or 7 episodes a day, we develop a great sense of family.
Also at the top of the list was my three day appearance on 'Press Your Luck'. In addition to the intense competition of each of those games, it slowly started to dawn on me in the minutes between tapings that I was winning some serious money.
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