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Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Another passing from my own personal pop culture 

Rod Roddy is dead. If you don't know him, you probably know his voice, especially if you were obsessed with game shows like I was as a child. Roddy wasn't the first announcer TPiR had, and when Johnny Olsen died he had some very tough shoes to fill, but boy, did he ever. The booming voice, the ridiculously flamboyant jackets. It was all very entertaining to a young child who spent way too much time figuring out how to outwit those morons who couldn't play The Clock Game properly.

Roddy's career in voice-over work took off when Casey Kasem decided that he couldn't deal with announcing for Soap, as it was "too risque." Roddy took over and his trademark "These are the Tates, and these are the Campbells," was heard every week for several years. A couple of game shows later and he was on The Price is Right playing Jester to Bob Barker's straight man.

I'll miss him.

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