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Wheel of Fortune

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      The first time we heard the name Wheel of Fortune on television it was not the Wheel of Fortune we all loved today. It started in October 1952, and ran for about a year. To be able to play you had to have done a good deed. A wheel was spun with amounts going from 30 to 1,000.  There also was a riddle or a name of something. So Whatever the wheel landed on that was what you played for. You had to get the questions right to get the money the wheel landed on. The next time we saw  Wheel of Fortune was in 1975 The host was Chuck Wooley and his co-host Susan Stafford. However after a arugument with Chuck's and Susan's contracts they left the show. They were in need of a 2 more host, so they found Pat Sajak and Vanna White. The show has been running since January 19, 1976 and running since then for a hour long on NBC. The show had many rivals such as Blank Check and Winning streak.  Today Wheel of Fortune gets over 40 million views. Also today it is played different they have amounts ranging from zero and 1 million with vacations and cars. They play lay out is still the same just the prizes got bigger. [1]


     Wheel of Fortune today is still very popular. Back then we didn't have much entertainment on the television and Wheel of Fortune was the first thing that got good views. It also gave us a outlook of the future (today). Today we have many shows such as Glee, American Idol and Deal or No Deal. Wheel of Fortune started television and entertainment for us. We hope it will be with us for many years to come.










  1. http://game-shows.chris-place.com/shows/wheel-of-fortune/history.htm
  2. http://gameshows.about.com/od/showprofiles/p/wheel_fortune.htm
  3. http://www.wheeloffortune.com/showguide/historyandfunfacts/

Comments (12)

foreign debts said

at 4:03 pm on Sep 23, 2010

Wow, Wheel of Fortune really has changed over the years, but what were the shows, Blank Check and Winning Streak?

Malcolm X said

at 4:08 pm on Sep 23, 2010

I would love to play in Wheel of Fortune!!! It is a game show I watch at home and always wanted to play in. I also hope this show continues for many reasons. One, I want to be on the show and two, if i make it on the show, I will win!!

Rock said

at 4:37 pm on Sep 23, 2010

This is very informational I didn't know the show has been running since 1976 and has had over 40 million views!! Do you know who the show is now hosted by? I hope won day I can get on the wheel of fortune that would be fun!

moonshot said

at 4:37 pm on Sep 23, 2010

Wheel of Fortune sounds like a very interesting game to play and I want to be on it really badly. The most interesting part of the article was the part about how to get on the show. I like how you have to do a good deed in order to be on the show.

crack said

at 4:42 pm on Sep 23, 2010

Wheel of fortune seems like a very fun game to play. Some thing i have found most interesting about this topic is that to get on the show you had to have gone a good deed.

Peter Pan said

at 4:52 pm on Sep 23, 2010

Wheel of Fortune is a really good show today, I used to watch it all the time with my grandmother, it really keeps ur mind active to try to solve the riddles. I never knew how much it changed over the years and that you had to do a good deed to be on the show.

Stalin said

at 5:01 pm on Sep 23, 2010

i thought it was very interesting how the show went off air for numerous years and came back to be one of the most well known shows in history. i thought this wiki gave me a great background for a show i love to watch.

reagan said

at 5:20 pm on Sep 23, 2010

I found it very interesting how you said that Wheel of Fortune was how we got our entertainment today. I didn't know it used to be such a big deal. I thought you did a great job explaining what the basic points of the Wheel of Fortune are. Enough, to give me a great over view of the topic. What are the shows Blank Check and Winning Streak?

wheelfortune said

at 8:19 pm on Sep 23, 2010

i had a error i thought those were shows but i read it wrong sorry people.

china said

at 8:45 pm on Sep 23, 2010

The Wheel of Fortune seems like a very interesting show. Thats amazing that it got over 40 millons views!

punk rock said

at 10:38 pm on Sep 23, 2010

I learned alot from this and i have only seen the show a couple of times. This was really intresting, how it started the whole entertaiment on t.v.

Psycho said

at 10:46 pm on Sep 23, 2010

Even though I already knew about Wheel of Fortune and when it began but I never knew all of these great facts that you put in this article. What I thought was interesting was that the show today gets 40 million views and it started all the way back in 1952 and it only ranged up to only $1,000 I know that was a lot back then but now it doesn't seem like it.

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