‘Wheel of Fortune’ Host Pat Sajak Never Saw Himself As a Game Show Host

by Hannah Heser

When people asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up, what did you say? Usually we say, “a superhero” or “I have no idea,” but what did Wheel of Fortune’s host, Pat Sajak say?

Well, after studying broadcasting at Columbia College in Chicago, he landed a job in Nashville, Tennessee. This job might’ve been exciting for him since he just graduated college. Odds are, it’s not his career. Being in his twenties, he had no idea what he wanted to do.

It didn’t take long for Sajak to pack up his things and move to California. And before he knew it, he took the job that changed his life for the better.

Why Pat Sajak Never Saw Himself As a Game Show Host

Pat Sajak never pictured himself as a game show host growing up. He was a man of many talents, but never knew he would be the host of one someday.

Rachel Martin, NPR host, sat down with Sajak to talk about his years of broadcasting, the military and his Wheel of Fortune opportunity.

Sajak took the orignal host, Chuck Woolery’s place in 1983. Since then he has been hosting this show for more than 30 years. And he in fact, loves his job.

As the interview went on, Pat Sajak said why he didn’t see himself as a game host at first.

“Honestly, I didn’t see myself as a game show host. And I don’t even know what I mean by that,” he told NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday program in 2013. “Nothing against it but if I were to make a list of the 50 things I thought I’d end up doing in broadcasting, you know, game show host would have been 47th, or something.”

At the end of the day, if Sajak wouldn’t have accepted this position, would it still be as successful as it is today? We’ll never know.

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