Guest Profile: Bob Barker
Bob Barker, retired host of the renowned CBS game show The Price is Right, was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB Show, April 14, 2008 in Las Vegas.
Barker retired from The Price is Right in June 2007 after 35 years as the show's host. Named the "greatest game show of all time" by TV Guide, the series is the longest running game show in TV history and has been one of the highest rated daytime shows during Barker's reign.
In addition to receiving the Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award for Daytime Television, Barker has won a total of 19 Emmy awards, including 14 as TV host, more than any other performer. Hailed as the most popular host of all time in a national poll, Barker has been named twice in the Guinness Book of Work Records, as TV's "Most Durable Performer," with over 3,500 consecutive performances on Truth or Consequences, and the "Most Generous Host in Television History," for awarding $55 million in prizes on his various shows. He is also the recipient of the Carbon Mike Award of the Pioneer Broadcasters.
Barker attended school at Drury College, where he first took a job at a local radio station to help finance his studies as an economics major. After graduating summa cum laude, Barker worked for a radio station in Palm Beach before hosting his own radio program, The Bob Barker Show, in Los Angeles. The show's success led to a job as host of the popular TV show, Truth or Consequences, which Barker hosted for 18 years.