John Deeks

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John Deeks
Born (1951-05-01) 1 May 1951 (age 64)
Melbourne, Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation TV presenter, Voice artist
Years active 1975-present
Employer Seven Network

John "Deeksie" Deeks (born 1 May 1951) is an Australian television presenter and voice artist for the Seven Network, where he has been working since 1975 based in Melbourne.

For many years Deeks was the announcer who said "Come on Down!" on the Australian version of game show The New Price Is Right, although frequently the program's host Ian Turpie is erroneously named as the person to voice the phrase. Deeks was also the announcer on game show Man O Man and presented the Tattslotto lottery draw for many years.[1][2]

He has acted as announcer on several popular programs, making his voice and style highly recognisable, leading to his being cast as voice over artist in recreations of game shows in some dramatic works.

Since 1984, he is best known as the announcer of the now-defunct Wheel of Fortune, on the Seven Network.[1] During Deeks' time on Wheel of Fortune he would travel to Adelaide where the show was taped between 1981 and 1996, (as did the show's host John Burgess who would travel from his home in Perth. Hostess and letter-turner Adriana Xenides lived in Adelaide) each weekend to work on the show and often used his comedic skills to entertain the studio audience between takes.

Deeks departed Wheel in 1996 to host Family Feud, taking over from Rob Brough. After Feud was cancelled later that year, Deeks returned to his old gig as Wheel's voice-over man, which continued until the show's cancellation on 28 July 2006, at which point Deeks was offered a position at the Collingwood Football Club, which he accepted.[1]

In addition to providing the audience warm-up for Australia's Got Talent, Wheel of Fortune and Deal or No Deal, "Deeksie"' is a continuity announcer for Seven Network stations across Australia, voicing trails, promos and ratings & announcements. He also voices commercials for Australian retailers such as JB Hi-Fi.

Deeks is also a former co-host of radio program Family Counsellor on 3UZ.[3]

He also does the introduction to Wil Anderson's podcast TOFOP.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "John Deeks". ICMI Speakers & Entertainers. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Kalina, Paul (22 December 2005). "Screening the stars". The Age. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Evans, Chris (7 September 2003). "Talkback radio program turns 30". The Age. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 

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