Josh Spins The Wheel Of Fortune For Charity , 1.24.07
Josh Gracin teamed up with many other country music artists to join Pat and Vanna for a chance to spin the wheel for his favorite charity. Josh's show will air February 14th. More details forthcoming, but you can read more about the event below from Neil Haislop's NASVHILLE IQ.
CMA Relationship With "Wheel Of Fortune" Spells S-U-C-C-E-S-S.
The ongoing relationship between the Country Music Association and television's most popular game show, "Wheel of Fortune," spells S-U-C-C-E-S-S for the music industry with a second Country Music-themed week of programs taping Saturday in South Carolina.
Fourteen Country Music artists including Wynonna, Trisha Yearwood,
Montgomery Gentry and more will be taking a spin for charity. A proven winner with viewers, "Country Music Stars Week" pairs Country Music enthusiasts with Country artists with the stars winnings going to their favorite charities. The week of shows will be taped at the Charleston Area Convention Center and will air during television sweeps Feb. 12-16 (check local listings for stations and times).
"CMA is very excited to partner with 'Wheel of Fortune' once again for a 'Country Music Stars Week,' and ecstatic that the week of shows will air during February sweeps," said Rick Murray, CMA Vice President of Strategic Marketing. "The entire production and marketing teams from executive producer Harry Friedman, to producer Karen Griffith, and of course Pat and Vanna, have truly become a part of the CMA and Country Music family. We love working with them and hope to continue helping to secure Country artists for many more 'Wheel' episodes in the future!"
Country artists scheduled to appear include Steve Azar, Terri Clark, Josh Gracin, Michael Britt, Richie McDonald, Keech Rainwater, and Dean Sams of Lonestar, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry, Lorrie Morgan, Julie Roberts, Trent Tomlinson, Mark Wills, Wynonna, and Trisha Yearwood.
CMA's relationship with "Wheel of Fortune" dates back to 2000, when the association started speaking with the show's marketing executives about a possible CMA/Country-themed program. The discussions continued resulting in the "Wheel of Fortune" Wheelmobile making a stop at CMA Music Festival in 2002 to audition Country fans for a week of programs that taped Jan. 9, 2003, at the Grand Ole Opry House. The first "Country Stars Week," aired the week of Feb. 17, 2003, and ranked No. 1 for all syndicated shows with an average of 16 million viewers - 2.5 million viewers more than its closest competitor("Friends"). The programs even outperformed many primetime shows including "American Idol" (15.6 million), "West Wing" (12.3 million),
"24" (13.2 million), and "Law & Order: SVU" (15 million) Source: NSS/NTI, P2+AA (000); 2/17/03-2/21/03.