Rich, What Is The Name Of Our Next Contestant”?

​There is no doubt in my mind that every American is familiar with that famous line… even many foreigners. It’s the line that leads into the calling of a Price is Right studio audience member to “Come On Down”!

This photo (as you may have guessed) was taken on the stage of The Price is Right. Mr. Barker was as sharp as a tack, so the cue cards were there as sort of a book-marker for Bob. When coming back from a commercial break, all Bob had to do was look up, and he would immediately see what he needed to do.

This particular day I remember seeing my buddy (and Production Coordinator) Jeff Thisted fiddling with his cue cards during a commercial break. When I saw what the next card was, I thought “Oh how cool. I want a picture with that”. This picture of me at the podium (with the cue card) really summed up my basic role at The Price is Right… Announcer of products and caller of names. I like that.

​By the way, I still have this cue card. After the show taping that day, I asked Jeff if I could have the card. He looked at me and said, “Are you gonna have Barker sign it”? And that is exactly what I did. It’s a great memento that is framed and hangs in my recording studio in my home to this very day.

Also attached below is a second photo of me and Jeff (along with the same cue card). By the way… in the original photo up top, you are looking at the back of the Announcer’s podium (in gold) and my reference monitor (so that I am able to see what the home audience is seeing on television).

The original announcer’s podium was being scrapped one day when I pulled into work at CBS Television City, not kidding. But I was able to save it from the dumpster. (There are some photos of it below… along with a few generations of the announcer’s podium.) Enjoy!

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Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .