Richard Wayne "Rich" Fields is a television meteorologist, game show announcer and successful voice-over artist. He is a graduate of the University of Florida (Broadcasting) and Mississippi State University (Meteorology). He is the record holder for announcing the most differently titled game shows in a single season (7 shows total) and has announced a total of 9 different game shows in his career.
Rich began as a radio host at WRUF in Gainesville, FL. He later worked at KUAD in Windsor CO, then a ten year stint at CBS Radio in Los Angeles. Prior to his L.A. radio positions, Fields worked as an announcer at Universal Studios in Hollywood where he later became an Assistant Manager of Entertainment. He also performed announcing duties on Florida's lottery game show Flamingo Fortune (1995-1999), filling in as host for at least one episode. He also hosts California's annual academic challenge in Coachella Valley.
Fields' most famous work was the announcer of The Price is Right from 2004-2010, a role which he repeatedly stated was his "dream job" after watching original announcer Johnny Olson. Rich had a huge fan following and according to statements from show host Bob Barker, was certainly the most popular of the show's announcers. Shortly after being hired, the podium his predecessors worked from was disposed of; rather than see it destroyed, he retrieved the podium and put it on display in his home. He also handled hosting and announcing duties on the casino slot machine versions and the 2008 and 2010 video game versions of Price for the Nintendo Wii and DS gaming consoles.
One of his trademarks is that he is especially popular with female contestants and fans of Price, with his good looks and charming personality and an infectious laugh.
After season 37, Fields' contract was not renewed as host Drew Carey wanted his improv friends to do the announcing on the show. The experiment was a disaster for the franchise and producers immediately bailed on the endeavor. FremantleMedia executives loved Fields but after Bob Barker left in 2007, a young and inexperienced executive producer (Mike Richards) wanted Fields gone (trying to erase any footprint of the Bob Barker legacy). Fans disliked the show's announcer change and lobbied CBS and Fremantle to bring Fields back. Rich however, had already moved on and accepted a meteorology position with the Los Angeles CBS owned TV stations KCBS & KCAL.
Since he left The Price Is Right Rich was the announcer of the wildly popular game show Wheel Of Fortune, having voiced over 50 episodes before moving to CBS News. Rich also worked as the announcer on Drew Carey's Improv-a-Ganza, which ran on GSN for a few months in 2011. He is currently a staff meteorologist at KCBS2 and KCAL9 in Los Angeles. You can see Rich nightly doing the weather forecasts on the 8, 9 & 10pm news on KCAL9 (and occasionally on the 5, 6 & 11pm news on KCBS2.
- Rich Fields was heard on the 1st two Price is Right video games for the Computer PC, Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii which both released in 2008 as The Price is Right video game and 2009 as The Price is Right 2010 video game.