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Richard Wayne "Rich" Fields (born November 30, 1960) 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.

Early LifeEdit

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.

CareerEdit

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. He was also the announcer and narrator for the 2006 summer series Game$how Marathon.

One of his trademarks is that, despite his marriage, he is especially popular with female contestants and fans of Price, with his good looks, charming personality and an infectious laugh.

Following Season 38, Fields and CBS parted ways. It is rumored that Rich wanted to leave in 2007 when Bob Barker retired, but was begged to stay on by CBS Daytime President Barbara Bloom and Fremantle Executive Syd Vinnedge. Fields agreed to another 3-year contract and vowed to help the show's new host, Drew Carey, make the transition. Fields was never fired as reported on the Internet.

Rich Fields Gone WildEdit

From 2009 until 2010, he had his very own comedy web series called Rich Fields Gone Wild featuring Lou Ferrigno (The Hulk) and the late Adam West (Batman).

Current LifeEdit

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 current announcer (and one of his good friends) Jim Thornton took the torch. He was extremely popular with Wheel fans, however, and almost got the job. Rich also worked as the announcer on Drew Carey's Improv-a-Ganza, which ran on GSN for a few months in 2011—he was also a guest performer in the 23rd episode and JD Roberto honored him by referring to him as "the announcer from The Price is Right".[1] Fields' was immediately picked up by CBS News L.A. after TPIR. Rich was the celebrated night-time meteorologist on KCAL9 and KCBS-TV for over six years.

After a year of retirement in Clearwater Beach, FL Rich got bored with it and accepted an offer by Beasley Media Group to take over the Afternoon Drive slot (3-7pm) on Q105 in Tampa, Florida. Since taking over there reins at Q105 Fields has been one of the market's top rated air personalities. He has been married to his wife Christine since 2004.

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