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Price Is Right First Show 1972 Bob Barker hosts the first episode of The New Price Is Right. It aired on September 4, 1972. Who knew the show and its host would become television staples?
Tags: Bob  Barker  Price  Is  Right 
Added: 29th February 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-03-03 
A few observations...

The contestants in that first show were certainly a calm bunch compared to later ones!

For years I thought that contestants were selected randomly. I eventually found out they were chosen to fit certain demographic groups (age, gender, race, etc.). I always thought that wasn't quite kosher.

Nice to see the theme music never changed.
Posted by: Teresa on 2008-03-03 
dang! i didn't know that, Lava . . and i'm not too thrilled with that either . . .
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-03-03 
Yes, Teresa, it's true. I remember reading about it in TV Guide. Before the audience enters the studio, TPIR employees scan the crowd and divide them into certain groups. They like to have a mix of seniors, young people, blacks, whites, Asians, etc. as contestants. They also like people in military uniforms. Being attractive is apparently an asset too.
Posted by: tommy7 on 2008-03-03 
I've been in tv audiences several times.And 5x as a audience member and test taker for Millionaire.IT'S SHOW BIZ NOT REAL LIFE!It's rigged like alot of things because the monetary gain is astronomical!Britney Spears got more television air time then the war.Because they give the public what they want to hear,not what they need to.Salesmanship
Posted by: Unclejohnnybob on 2009-06-11 
besides the hair color, he looks kinda the same, ....... but that stage...WOW
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-06-11 
Is the Drew Carey version still on the air? Honestly, I don't know.
Posted by: Steve on 2009-06-11 
Yes it's still on Lava, but I did have to check TV Guide Online!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2010-08-02 
The first prize up for bids on that first Bob Barker show was...a fur coat! It was won by the lady in the blue dress who brought her purse onto the stage!

The first pricing game was the Piggy Bank Game (then called 'Any Number'). The contestant won a brand New Chevy Vega--valued at less than $2700.
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