|Born||Richard Wayne Fields
Bay Village, Ohio, U.S.
|Occupation||Game show announcer, host, actor, voice-over artist, meteorologist, radio personality.|
Richard Wayne "Rich" Fields (born ca. 1960) is an American broadcaster, spokesman, announcer and meteorologist. His well-known occupation is a six-year stint in which he announced for the American version of The Price Is Right.
Biography and career
Fields was born in Bay Village, Ohio and raised in Avon, Ohio, before moving to Clearwater, Florida in 1976. He graduated from the University of Florida Gainesville in 1983 with a degree in broadcasting. While attending UF, Fields was diagnosed with both testicular cancer and lymphoma, both of which he survived. Between 1995 and 1999, he was the announcer of the lottery game show Flamingo Fortune.
In early 2000, Fields returned to college at Mississippi State University to study meteorology and later became a television meteorologist. After an internship at WFLA-TV in Tampa Florida, Fields was offered the morning weather position at KPSP-LP in Palm Springs, California. Fields was later promoted to Chief Meteorologist for KPSP and worked for the station until May 2004.
In 2004–2010, he was the announcer of the American version of The Price Is Right, following the death of longtime announcer Rod Roddy. The announcement of Fields' hiring was made official on March 30, 2004. During a question-and-answer segment with then-announcer Johnny Olson at a taping of Price Is Right in 1978, Fields asked how he could get Olson's job. Olson brought Fields onstage and asked him to give an example of how he would call a contestant to "Come on down!" Since 2010, Fields is currently a meteorologist for the CBS-owned and operated television stations KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV in Los Angeles, California. Fields can also be heard on the radio on K-EARTH 101 KRTH, KNX-AM and KFWB in Los Angeles. Fields left The Price Is Right in September 2010.
Fields served as a guest announcer in 35 episodes of Wheel of Fortune in 2010 following the death of Charlie O'Donnell, and provided post-production voice-over work for over nine weeks of episodes.
- "Come On Down". Cleveland Magazine. December 2004. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- "Rich Fields bio". Richfields.tv. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
- Blits, Stan. Come on Down! Behind the Big Doors at The Price Is Right. ISBN 978-0-06-135011-5.
- New York Times / About.com: Rich Fields to take an additional 35 Wheel of Fortune episodes
- Rich Fields' Official Website
- Rich Fields' iPhone & iPodTouch App "iRichFields"
- Rich Fields' iPhone & iPodTouch App "Television Trivia Test"
- Rich Fields at the Internet Movie Database