C. "Wink" Martindale
was born and raised
in Jackson, Tennessee
. He was nicknamed "Wink" by a boyhood friend
began working as a radio announcer
at the tender age of 17 while attending Memphis State University
, were he earned a Bachelor of Science degree
In 1957, Wink recorded the classic narrative Deck of Cards, and he also wrote several books. He left the radio market and hosted What's This Song?, his first game show, in 1965. He has been a familiar presence on TV for over 30 years, hosting a number of hit shows including Tic Tac Dough.