, TV announcer (September 18, 1937
– October 27, 2003
Born Robert Ray Roddy in Fort Worth, Texas
, Rod Roddy was the announcer on the CBS game show The Price is Right
. He had been shouting "Come on down!
" since 1985
, when the first person to yell that phrase, Johnny Olson
, died. He was known for his colorful wardrobe, much of it made of Thai silk
, as part of his role as "official ambassador of Chaing Mai
", according to his CBS bio. Whatever the hell that means.
Roddy had an extensive career as a radio announcer. His television debut was as the narrator on the sitcom Soap
, replacing Casey Kasem
. He went on to host a number of TV game shows, including Battle of the Stars
, Press Your Luck
, and Love Connection
Roddy was diagnosed with cancer
and died on October 27, 2003, at the age of 66.