Charlie O’Donnell, Voice of Wheel of Fortune, Dies at 78

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You might not know his face, but you definitely know his voice.

Charlie O’Donnell, the former radio announcer best known as the voice behind Wheel of Fortune, died of undisclosed causes in Los Angeles Sunday night, his agent told the Associated Press.

He began his television career with Dick Clark on American Bandstand, and then served as announcer for shows like the Oscars, the Emmys and The Newlywed Game. In 1975, he became the man behind Wheel of Fortune, and signed on even before Pat Sajak and Vanna White. He was still with the show when he died.

Though O’Donnell is gone, he will be remembered through his signature baritone.

(via AP)

6 comments
KyleSigo
KyleSigo

Malandrakis' statement is perplexing, to me. In terms of adaptability, Bourbon doesn't really have an edge on Scotch. Pretty much the only freedom bourbon distillers have is to alter the mashbill (only slightly, as it still has to be at least 51% corn) or with maturation conditions (length, warehouse style, etc.). Scotch distillers are able to experiment with types of barrels (sherry, port, rum, etc.), as well, to achieve different flavor profiles. The number of bottlings that explore the influence of different types of barrels alone makes the "Scotch has been sitting on its laurels" statement a little misinformed.


The way I see it, if a distiller isn't willing to deal with regulations that "take away a certain amount of freedom", then they should be expected to fully disclose every detail about the production of their spirits. Big business influences aside, when I buy a bottle of whisk(e)y, I want to know how it was made. Mr. Prichard is right, dictating certain processes won't guarantee quality, but it helps the consumer to understand what they're buying. And as a consumer, I'm not ok with the idea of distillers producing whisk(e)y however they like, calling it whatever they want and then expecting me to shell out the cash for a mystery liquid.

Expavic
Expavic

NOTE

Black Jack Daniels sucks hog dongs since they dropped its proof five points from 45 to 40 three years ago. didn't tell anyone and kept the same pricing. 

RyanTexan
RyanTexan

If your Whiskey is made in Tennessee, then it is Tennessee whiskey.

If they want to have some other designation, then use different words. Maybe "Traditional Tennessee Whiskey".

I don't see how anyone could have a problem with that.

If Jack Daniels is the standard for quality, then they have real problems. There are far better Whiskey's.

Jut because they sell the most, doesn't mean they are the best.

It's like saying the best burgers are McDonalds burgers. And then trying to make a law that anything that isn't just like a McDonald's burger can't be called a burger.


HenryMiller
HenryMiller

"Becton argues that the government shouldn’t be in the business of telling distillers how to make their whiskey..."

Yep.

“I want Tennessee to be synonymous with quality, like champagne with France,” says Billy Kaufman, president and CEO of Short Mountain Distillery, which makes moonshine and bourbon. “But that happens only if we all agree to certain ways of making whiskey. We should be building on that tradition.” 

Then start a trade association or something.  You don't have to club people over the head with yet more intrusive Big Government.

charles779
charles779

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