The Wheel of Fortune 2006
The first broadcast of the Wheel of Fortune was in 1975 as a pilot. It is fast approaching its 50th year anniversary. The game has seen many changes over the years. It will be losing its iconic puzzle board this year in favor of lasers. What happened? We’ll have to wait and see! Until then, here are a few facts about the game.
The Wheel’s traditional logo is now more colorful. The numbers and letters on the side of this wheel have been updated to have yellow outlines. The color scheme has also been changed, with the wheel in the center now being a light blue gradient. The letters have been changed from white to gold. “of” now appears on the center of a gold disc. Each round, the Wheel’s appearance changes.
The Wheel of Fortune is the longest-running game show in the U.S. and has been hosted by Pat Sajak since 1983. Sajak was not present at the show’s beginning, but he has been its host ever since. The show was originally taped at the NBC Studios in Burbank, California.
The Wheel of Fortune has gone through several major changes over the last few years. It was one the first shows to transition to HDTV. The producers invested $4million in HD improvements, including six miles worth of cable and 5,000 hours of man-hours. HD broadcasts have a 16:9 aspect ratio, which allows for crisper images.
While the Wheel of Fortune has changed many times over the years, it has maintained the same core elements. The game board and puzzles are the same. The game’s recurring theme, shopping, was also retained. The Shopper’s Bazaar was the original name for the wheel of fortune.
The Wheel of Fortune 2006 has six rounds. The winning team gets a Mazda MX-30 and a $59,150 payout. The $100k jackpot was not won by the winning team, however, one envelope separated them from the rest. While the winning team does not win the game’s jackpot, they do win the $1,000 Toss-Up prize. The $10,000 Wedge is usually only available in Round 1.
During the bonus round, the winner receives a special prize. The prize could be a vehicle or credit to a company. There is also a Wild Card that allows the contestant to play for a second time after winning a round. In addition to cash prizes, the winning contestant may win a luxury trip. The winning contestant is given 10 seconds to solve the puzzle.