Tuesday, December 13, 2005

‘Price Is Right’ Announcer Learns To Speed Read On The Job

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Being the announcer of The Price Is Right is a dream job for Rich Fields, but even he’s speechless about the effect it has had on his life.

Fields has been announcing “Come On Down” for the last 18 months and says the job has made him a whiz at speed reading.

As he puts it, “Most announcing jobs, you speak at the beginning, middle and the end, but here, you’re reading 30- 35 pages of prize descriptions every day. My voice is heard more than Bob Barker’s.”

As a result, Fields says he’s able to speed read better than ever before – and is speaking better as well. That’s important because “every prize description is supplied by the company donating the prize and you have to read it exact. You can’t paraphrase the copy.”

It’s a challenge, but Fields says he’s up to it. In fact, the 45-year-old announcer says he’s been preparing for the job for 39 years.

In his words, “My mom tells me when I was six, I would use her black hairbrush and practice saying, “A neeeww carrrr!”

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