Johnny Olson
Name: Johnny Olson
Occupation: TV Show Host
Gender: Male
Birth Day: May 22, 1910
Death Date: Oct 12, 1985 (age 75)
Age: Aged 75
Country: United States
Zodiac Sign: Gemini

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Johnny Olson

Johnny Olson was born on May 22, 1910 in United States (75 years old). Johnny Olson is a TV Show Host, zodiac sign: Gemini. Nationality: United States. Approx. Net Worth: Undisclosed.

Brief Info

Remembered for hosting the radio program Johnny Olson's Rumpus Room and the television show Doorway to Fame, he is perhaps even better known for his TV announcing work on The Jackie Gleason Show; To Tell the Truth; What's My Line?; The Price is Right; and Match Game.


In the mid 1940s, he was the announcer for a New York musical quiz show called Ladies Be Seated.

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Before Fame

After working for several Madison, Wisconsin radio stations and briefly attending the University of Minnesota, he relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and became a star radio personality with the city's WTMJ station.


Biography Timeline


Olson joined WTMJ in Milwaukee in early 1933, organizing a five-piece jazz band called The Rhythm Rascals, and became one of the station's most popular personalities. The Rascals eventually made it to Hollywood, and would send daily recordings of their shows back to WTMJ. Olson would eventually return to Milwaukee and WTMJ, where he would go on to create the first iteration of Johnny Olson's Rumpus Room. The show attracted major national performers, including Spike Jones and The Andrews Sisters. By 1942, the immense popularity of Rumpus Room prompted WTMJ to dedicate the large unfinished television studio (plans for what would later become WTMJ-TV were suspended due to World War II) in their new facility to the program.


Olson's first network job on radio was in New York City in 1944, hosting (with his wife) the audience-participation show Ladies Be Seated, a stunt game along the lines of Truth or Consequences, broadcast on NBC Blue. He had previously hosted several radio shows in Chicago, including the second iteration of Johnny Olson's Rumpus Room, a late-night variety show broadcast from 10:30 p.m. to 12 midnight, which was also the name of a later daytime talk show he hosted on the DuMont Television Network. He also was host of Johnny Olson's Luncheon Club on ABC radio in 1950-1951.


In 1945, Olson and his wife hosted a five-week run of a TV version of Ladies Be Seated. From May 1947 to July 1949, Olson hosted Doorway to Fame, an evening television talent show on the new DuMont Television Network. From January 1949 to July 1952, Olson hosted Johnny Olson's Rumpus Room, a daytime television talk show which was the first daytime show broadcast from DuMont's flagship station WABD over DuMont's small East Coast network. Olson also hosted the Saturday-morning children's show Kids and Company on DuMont from September 1951 to June 1952, with co-host Ham Fisher.


On television, Olson was an announcer on Break the Bank and was the announcer and sometimes the host on Fun for the Money on ABC-TV in 1949. Olson was the announcer on the final year of the CBS version of Name That Tune in 1958; also in that year, Olson began his long association with Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions when he began announcing for the Merv Griffin-hosted Play Your Hunch, which lasted until 1963. In the late 1960s, he was also a substitute announcer on the ABC version of Supermarket Sweep.


Beginning in 1960, Olson announced the CBS prime-time panel game To Tell the Truth. The following year, he added duties on sister show What's My Line?, and in 1962 began announcing on the original Match Game in daytime on NBC until that series ended in 1969. What's My Line was televised live from New York City in what later became the Ed Sullivan Theater. Before going live, Olson did an audience warm-up by asking questions and getting the audience ready for the live telecast.


Olson was also announcer for The Jackie Gleason Show from 1962 until its cancellation in 1970. The first few seasons of the variety show were recorded in New York City, while the last few seasons were produced in Miami Beach, Florida.


In 1973, Olson began announcing for the revived Match Game, another show transplanted from New York to California; the show's tagline, "Get ready to match the stars!" became a second catchphrase associated with him for the following nine years. Like executive producer Mark Goodson, Olson filled in on the days when a scheduled guest failed to appear in time for a taping. Olson only missed one taping of Match Game during the CBS years; Bern Bennett served as his fill-in for one week of daytime shows and one nighttime show in 1975 (a week's worth of shows was taped in one workday).


On October 6, 1985, Olson had a stroke on his way to work and was taken to St. Johns Hospital and Health Center in Santa Monica, California, where he died on October 12, 1985, at age 75. The following Monday, October 14, Bob Barker paid tribute to Olson in an attached 20-second segment that followed the end credits of The Price Is Right. The last new Olson-announced The Price Is Right episode aired on November 21, 1985. Olson was entombed at Rosewood Cemetery in Lewisburg, West Virginia. Following Johnny's death on October 12th, 1985, starting on Monday, October 14th, 1985, at the end of each Price Is Right episode until 1986, Bob Barker gives a 20 second tribute speech "Since taping this program, we've lost our good friend, Johnny Olson. You will continue to see & hear Johnny on the many programs he's already taped, he was dearly loved by all of us, & he'll be sorely missed." The tribute shows a picture of Johnny Olson & says IN MEMORIAM 1910-1985.

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