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Famous people who used to be weather forecasters

By: Matt Hickman on Jan. 16, 2012, 9:17 a.m.
Pat Sajak

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Sorry, there are no vowels in the forecast: Pat Sajak

We weren’t entirely surprised to find out that Pat Sajak, the amiable spin master on every grandmother’s favorite post-dinner television program, “Wheel of Fortune,” got his start as a weatherman. (The hair is a dead giveaway.) Prior to hosting “Wheel,” the Illinois-born radio vet — he served as a DJ on Armed Forces Radio while stationed in Vietnam — was a TV weatherman first on a substitute/weekend basis for Nashville’s WSM-TV (now WSMV) and then full-time for KNBC in Los Angeles. In 1981, Sajak was poached to host “Wheel” by Merv Griffin as a replacement for Chuck Woolery, who went on to host the cringe-worthy 1980s classic, “The Love Connection.” Although Sajak hasn’t always been the host of the daytime version of “Wheel of Fortune,” he has been the one-and-only host of the syndicated evening version, which, by the way, is the longest syndicated game show program in TV history. And Vanna? She’s been the show’s resident gussied-up letter-flipper since 1982.