October 26, 1946) is an Americantelevision personality, formerweatherman, andtalk showhost, best known as the host of the American
Born inChicagoon October 26, 1946,1Sajak was also raised there, the son of Joyce Helen (Brandecka) and Leonard Anthony Sajdak, a factory worker, who died when Sajak was young. All of his grandparents werePolish. After Sajaks fathers death, his mother married Walter Backal.2Sajak graduated fromFarragut High Schoolin 1964, then went toColumbia College Chicagowhile working as a desk clerk at thePalmer Househotel.3
He served in the U.S. Army as adisc jockeyduring theVietnam WarforAmerican Forces Vietnam Network.4Sajak hosted the sameDawn Busterradio show thatAdrian Cronauerhad, and for 14 months followed Cronauers tradition of signing on with Good Morning Vietnam!5
Sajak won a contest onWLS radiosDick BiondiShowto be a guest teen deejay. While at Columbia College Chicago, his broadcasting instructor Al Parker told him that a local radio station (WEDC) was looking for a newsman. Sajak applied for the job and was hired to work from midnight to 6:00AM. In 1968, Sajak joined theUS Armyand was sent toVietnam, where he served as adisc jockeyonArmed Forces Radio. On The Military Channels program,An Officer and a Movie, Sajak admitted to botching PresidentRichard Nixons 1969 Christmas broadcast to the troops; he accidentally cut the feed off prematurely. Upon realizing the error, he decided it would be best not to resume the feed. In the early 1970s, Sajak DJed for a Murray, Kentucky, radio station for a year.6Also in the early 1970s, Sajak beganDJing at 50,000-wattWSMinNashville; at the time WSM was playingpop musicduring the day, and he was the 3:005:00pm afternoon personality. The radio stations television sister, WSM-TV (nowWSMV), brought Sajak on screen, first as a voiceover artist doing station identifications and anchoring the five-minute newscasts duringNBCsToday Show, then as a weekend and substitute weatherman, where he became acquainted with anchorDan Miller. In 1977KNBC-TV inLos Angeleswas looking for a weatherman, and spotted Sajak working in Nashville. Sajak accepted KNBCs request for him to be a full-time weatherman for the station.
In 1981,Merv Griffinasked Sajak if he would be interested in taking over the duties as host onWheel of FortunefromChuck Woolery. However,Fred Silverman, then president and CEO of NBC, rejected his hiring, claiming he was too local, and Griffin responded by imposing a moratorium on new tapings until Sajak was hired.7The issue became moot when Silverman was dismissed due to repeated programming failures and replaced byBrandon Tartikoff. Sajak, who had already hosted two game show pilots in 1980,Press Your LuckforRalph Edwards(no relation to the1983 CBS game show of the same name) andPuzzlersforMark Goodson, accepted the position. He hosted both the daytime (NBC) and syndicated evening versions ofWheelfrom 1983 to 1989, and continues to host the latter version. With Sajak returning for his 36th season in 201819, he became the longest-running host of any game show, surpassingBob Barker, who hostedPrice Is Rightfrom 1972 to 2007. Sajak was officially honored as such by theGuinness World Recordswith the episode taped March 22, 2019 and aired May 8, 2019 (two days before the primetime versions 7,000th episode).8
Sajak had a small role as aBuffalo, New York, newscaster in the 1982 comedy filmAirplane II: The Sequel.When his late-night talk show onCBSpremiered in January 1989, he left the daytime version ofWheel,and was replaced by formerSan Diego Chargersplace-kickerRolf Benirschke. Sajak appeared onSuper Passwordseveral times from 1984 to 1989, as well asPassword Plusin 1981, shortly before taking on hosting duties onWheel. Other game shows on which Sajak guested wereDream HouseandJust Men!.
Sajak hosted a short-livedlate-night talk showonCBSfrom January 9, 1989, to April 13, 1990.Dan Miller, Sajaks old friend and former anchor atWSM-TVin Nashville, joined Sajak as his sidekick. Sajak later became a frequent guest host forCNNsLarry King Live,effective when King himself was unable to attend. He also became a regular substitute host forRegis Philbinon the syndicatedLive with Regis and Kelly.10Sajak also hosted a program,Pat Sajak Weekend,on theFox News Channelin 2003.11More recently, he began hostingThe Pat Sajak Baseball Hour,a syndicated radio sports talk show.
Sajak is an External Director ofconservativepublishing house Eagle Publishing12and is on the board of trustees atHillsdale Collegein southernMichigan, currently as vice chairman.13He has written forHuman Eventsand served on the board of directors for theClaremont Institute.
In 1983, Sajak portrayed Kevin Hathaway in the NBC daytime soap operaDays of Our Lives.
In 1993, Sajak appeared as himself on the popular childrens cartoon showRugrats.14
In 1997, Sajak pulled anApril Fools Dayprank on fans when he andVanna Whitewere contestants on an episode ofWheelhosted byAlex Trebek. The winnings of both Sajak and White were donated to charity (in this case, theAmerican Cancer Societyand theBoy Scouts of America). In return, Sajak hosted a regular episode ofJeopardy!in place of Trebek. He also appeared at the beginning of a 2010 April Fools episode, along withJeff ProbstandNeil Patrick Harris.
In 2001, he appeared as himself in the episode Inner Tube on thesitcomThe King of Queens.
Sajak began writing for theNational Review Onlinein 2010. In his first post he questioned whether public employees should be allowed to vote on issues that would benefit them directly.1516He also has contributed to the center-right socio-political / social networking website, .17
Sajak also is the author of several puzzle games, the first and best-known of them being Lucky Letters, which debuted in 2007. The games, which Sajak developed with puzzle developerDavid L. Hoyt, are syndicated throughUniversal Uclick.18
Sajak has also appeared on episodes of ESPN radiosThe Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, as well as Le Batards other show,Highly Questionable.1920
On May 8, 2019, Sajak broke the world record for having the longest career as game show host for the same show, hostingWheel of Fortunefor 35 years and 198 days.21
Sajak is signed as a host ofWheel of Fortuneuntil 2022.22
Pat Sajak was parodied in a 1980sSesame Streetsketch, with a Muppet named Pat Playjacks hosting Squeal of Fortune. The goal was for the contestants (Prairie DawnandThe Count) to guess how many times a pig in the center of the wheel would squeal before the wheel stopped.23
During the 1980s comedianMartin Shortfrequently portrayed on thesketch comedytelevision showsSCTVandSaturday Night Livea fictional character he calledEd Grimley, a hyperactive manchild who is obsessed with banal popular culture, Sajak in particular.
In the episode A Hard Days Warners/Gimme a Break/The Kid in the Lid/Method to Her Madness/Gimme the Works/Buttons in Ows/Hercules Unwound/This Pun for Hire of the 1993 animated series,clarification neededAnimaniacs,Wakkorefers toYakkoas Pat. Yakko then replies with Wrong wheel, a reference to Sajak and theWheel of Fortunegame show he hosts.
In the fourth episode of season three of Comedy CentralsBrickleberry,That Brothers My Father, Pat Sajak gets kidnapped and becomes a hostage to the wheel of fortune.
In the 1994RugratsepisodeChuckie is Rich, Pat Sajak awards Chaz with $10 million. His son, Pat Sajak Jr. appeared in the episode as well as one of the children in the wealthy daycare.
In the 4th-season episode of, Pat Sajak makes a cameo along with co-star Vanna White. In the episode, Murdock wins big at Wheel of Fortune thanks to Faces system of guessing the letters correctly.
In 1992, Sajak was a special guest star in the TV showThe Commish. The episode first aired on November 7, 1992, and was calledThe Two Faces Of Ed. He played the psychologist Brian Brandon.
Sajak is married to Lesly Brown Sajak, a photographer, with whom he has a son, Patrick Michael James Sajak (born September 22, 1990), and a daughter,Maggie Marie Sajak(born January 5, 1995). The couple lives inSeverna Park, Maryland,24with a second home inLos Angeles, California.25
In 2005, Sajak became an investor in theGolden Baseball League, an independent professional baseball league with teams inCaliforniaArizonaNevadaUtahAlbertaBritish Columbia, andBaja California.2627During a guest appearance in the broadcast booth at a March 2012Baltimore Oriolesgame,28Sajak acknowledged that he had called some baseball games in the past.
Sajak is featured in a brief film shown at the visitors center atMount Vernon, the residence ofGeorge Washington, where he explains to tourists the attractions of the site.2930Sajak owns Maryland-basedAM radiostationWNAVin Annapolis (since 1998).
Sajak has written a number of columns for the conservative magazineHuman Events.31According to NEWSMEAT, Sajak has donated over $17,000 to candidates and election committees, all associated with theRepublican Party.32Sajak is also a regular poster and podcast participant on the conservative blog .33He has long acknowledged being a climate change skeptic.34He is also a financial supporter of theYoung Americas Foundation, which sponsors conservative speakers on college campuses.35
Sajak is a member of theChurches of Christ.36
Sajak is an avid fan of theteam. He is a longtime season ticket holder and made an on-ice appearance before game 3 of the2018 Stanley Cup Finals.37
Pat Sajak m. Archived fromthe originalon April 1, 2016
Leonard Anthony Sajdak (1921-1961) – Find A Grave…
Wheel of Fortune Host Pat Sajak Recounts His Days as an Army DJ.
The Good Fortunes of Pat Sajak. The New York Times. December 11, 1988. p.4
Wheel of Fortune celebrates 2 milestones this weekWLUK-TV. May 8, 2019
American Veterans Center (May 25, 2011).2011 National Memorial Day Parade Lineup.
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Pat Sajak appeared as himself in this episode as the presenter of the $10 million check, as well as endorser of the magazine contest.
Sajak, Pat (October 13, 2010).Public Employees and Elections: A Conflict of Interest?.
Amira, Dan (October 14, 2010).Pat Sajak Should Stick to Telling People Which Letters Are in Certain Words and Phrases.
PatSajakGames.com. Retrieved December 25, 2011.
Dan LeBatard & StugotzAM 790 The Ticket. Archived fromthe originalon August 28, 2016
Peters, Michah (December 12, 2014).Pat Sajak rapped a few bars of a Rae Sremmurd song on Highly Questionable. For the Win.
Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak celebrates record-breaking career on popular gameshow.
Crucchiola, Jordan (October 31, 2018).This Game-Show Host Is Not Retiring. Archived fromthe originalon November 1, 2018
Pat Sajaks House in Severna Park, MD (2). May 18, 2009.
Aaron Barnhart,Wheel of Very Good Fortune for Sajak,
Vanna gives us letters, but Sajak gives us baseball!(GBL Medford website, August 28, 2008)
Bobby Valentine Meets With Wheel of Fortune Host Pat Sajak Prior to Red Sox-Orioles Game (Photo).
Trescott, Jacqueline (October 24, 2006).Fleshing Out a Founding Father.
Trescott, Jacqueline (November 5, 2006).George Washington: Surveyor, slave owner, soldier / New Mount Vernon exhibits reveal more facets of president.
Wheel of Fortune Host Pat Sajak Under Fire for Global Warming Tweet?!.
Sajak has long acknowledged that he is a climate change skeptic.
Saul, Stephanie (May 20, 2017).The Conservative Force Behind Speeches Roiling College Campuses.
Zielonka, Adam (June 2, 2018).Joe Gibbs, Pat Sajak, Sting among celebs supporting Capitals at Game 3.
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