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Robert William Barker was born (December 12, 1923) in Darrington, WA, and spent most of his youth in South Dakota where his mother was a schoolteacher. His family eventually moved to Springfield, Missouri, where he attended high school and Drury College on a basketball scholarship.
When World War II interrupted his studies, he became a Navy fighter pilot, but the war ended before he was assigned to a seagoing squadron. He returned to Drury College in 1947, and after graduating with a degree in economics, he went to work for a radio station in Palm Beach, Florida.
A year later, in 1950, Barker moved to Los Angeles, in order to pursue a career in broadcasting. He hosted an audience-participation radio show on KNX (AM), and became the host of his own radio program, "The Bob Barker Show."
Bob Barker was a handsome young hotshot In 1956 when he made his debut on national television as the host of the popular "Truth or Consequences," replacing the balding veteran Jack Bailey.
Game Show producer "'Ralph Edwards," the show's originator, had sold the show to NBC as a daytime strip, but he had not chosen a host.
He auditioned other hosts in Hollywood and New York for weeks, but when he heard The Bob Barker Show on his car radio, he liked Barker's voice and style and knew he had found the man for the job. And proving that Edwards had chosen him wisely.
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Barker had hosted Truth or Consequences for an unbelievable 18 years, and he and Edwards remain close friends today. They drink a toast at lunch every December 21st to celebrate the day in 1956 when Edwards called him that he was going to become the host of "Truth or Consequences."
In September 1972, Barker began his most famous assignment hosting the CBS revival of The Price Is Right, and the rest is history. He succeeded cheerful low-ego styled Bill Cullen, the original host and in the four decades of the CBS version, he has become far more strongly associated with the show than first host Bill Cullen was with the 1950s&endash;1960s original. Bob Barker had a knack for putting people at ease and he never lost his utterly natural charm or self-effacing people skills. Quick-witted but never showy, mocking but never cruel, warm but never maudlin. He hosted the show for a remarkable 35 years, from 1972-2007, which became the longest-running game show in television history.
He always used a wired microphone with a marble top and concluded each show with his signature sign-off. "And remember, help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered."
Barker has been twice named in the Guinness Book of World Records as television's "Most Durable Performer," 3,524 shows, and "Most Generous Host in Television history" for awarding $55 million dollars in prizes on his various shows. During the ensuing years, the $55 million dollar figure has increased to more than $200 million. He has won 17 Emmys as a Game Show Host, more than any other performer, and 2 more as Executive Producer of The Price is Right. Bob also was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999, and has also received the coveted Carbon Mike Award of the Pioneer of Broadcasters.
He also established the DJ&T Foundation in Beverly Hills, California, the purpose of which is to help control the dog and cat population. He is funding the foundation through his own resources to support low-cost or free sprat/neuter clinics. This foundation is named in memory of his wife, Dorothy Jo and his mother Matilda (Tilly) Valandra. Barker's work on behalf of animals has garnered him a long list of awards from prestigious humane organizations across the country.
In 2008, Bob Barker was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB Show Television Luncheon on April 14, in Las Vegas.

On a personal note, Bob Barker is a Civil War buff., sports enthusiast and animal welfare and animal rights activist. In his spare time, he enjoys golf and even martial arts. Has a black belt in karate, and also earned a red belt in tang soo do karate under Chuck Norris.

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1923 - Born: Robert William Barker; December 12, 1923, in Darrington, WA; son of Byron John (a power line foreman) and Matilda Kent (maiden name, Tarleton) Barker). He spent most of his youth on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota where his mother was a schoolteacher. His family eventually moved to Springfield, Missouri,.
1923 - Married: January 12, 1945 Dorothy Jo Gideon, (died, October 19, 1981).
1929 - Died: His father, Byron John Barker, a power-line foreman, from complications after falling off a pole.
1940 - Graduated from Springfield Central High School. Attended Drury College (now Drury University) in Springfield, on a basketball scholarship. While attending Drury, Barker worked his first "media job", at KTTS-FM Radio, in Springfield.
1943 - When World War II interrupted his studies, he trained as a fighter pilot in the United States Naval Reserve, but the war ended before he was assigned to active duty with a seagoing squadron.
1947 - Returned to Drury and graduated in 1947 with a degree in economics.
1949 - Barker left Springfield and worked at a radio station in Florida
1950 - Moved, to California in order to pursue a career in broadcasting.
1950-1956 - Hosted an audience-participation radio show on KNX (AM) in Los Angeles when game show producer Ralph Edwards happened to be listening and liked Barker's voice and style.
He was given his own radio show, "The Bob Barker Show," which ran for the next six years out of Burbank.
1956-1975 - Truth Or Consequences: Barker was hired to host the daytime television version of the long-running radio quiz show, Truth and Consequences, on NBC. He started hosting on December 31, 1956, and would continue with the program until 1975. Good-bye, hoping all your consequences are happy ones!" became his trademark sign-off; after each episode.
1967 - In 1967, Barker hosted the short-lived game show The Family Game for Chuck Barris, where he would ask children contestants questions about their families' lives, and the parents had to guess how they answered in a Newlywed Game-esque fashion.
1972 - The Price Is Right: On September 4 1972, Barker began his most famous assignment hosting the CBS revival of The Price Is Right. In the four decades of the CBS version, he has become far more strongly associated with the show than first host Bill Cullen was with the 1950s&endash;1960s original.
For 35 years, hosted "The New Price Is Right." Not only is it the highest rated daytime game show, but also the longest-running game show in TV history, surpassing the prime-time hit, "What's My Line?" (1950), which ran for 18 years.
1978 - He developed The Bob Barker Fun & Games Show, a series of personal appearances which immediately attracted record-breaking audiences throughout United States and Canada.
1978 - He also established the DJ&T Foundation in Beverly Hills, California, the purpose of which is to help control the dog and cat population. He is funding the foundation through his own resources to support low-cost or free sprat/neuter clinics. This foundation is named in memory of his wife, Dorothy Jo and his mother Matilda (Tilly) Valandra.
1979 - He became a vegetarian in 1979, and promoting animal rights, Barker began ending each episode of "The Price Is Right " with the phrase: "Help control the pet population; have your pet spayed or neutered.
1981 - Died: Bob Barker's spouse, Dorothy J. Barker, October 19, 1981.
1987 - October 15 1987, Barker did what other MCs almost never did: he renounced hair dye and allowed his hair to go gray. He requested and received permission from "The New Price Is Right" producers and network executives to stop coloring his hair and allow it to go gray, a move that met with approval from his fans. Fellow hosts Monty Hall and Alex Trebek would follow Barker's decision to go to gray hair in the late 1980s.
1987 - Served as the show's (the New Price Is Right) executive producer. Named the most popular game show host of all time in a national poll.
1989 - Appeared on "The Arsenio Hall Show" twice.
1994 - Was sued for sexual harassment by one of the models on "The New Price Is Right."
1999 - Received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Daytime Television in 1999.
1996 - Made his motion picture debut in Universal Pictures' Happy Gilmore, in which he played himself with Adam Sandler. His real acting debut, however, came when he was asked to play Mel Harris's father in NBC's "Something So Right."
1996 - Won an MTV Movie Award for his fight scene with Adam Sandler in "Happy Gilmore."
1998 - 5000th episode taping of "The Price is Right," on March 11, 1998.
1998 - Stage 33 at CBS Television City, one of the most historic sites in the history of television in Los Angeles, was re-dedicated as the Bob Barker Studio, during ceremonies following the 5000th episode taping. Barker is the first performer to whom CBS has ever dedicated a stage.
1998 - Appeared on Rosie O'Donnell's Show, shortly before his 75th birthday. - Continued

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1999 - In December 1999, had his Hollywood home - a 1929 5,000-sq.-ft. Spanish Colonial Revival-style house - designated a historic-cultural monument by the city of Los Angeles.
2001 - Barker and Syd Vinnedge, a senior executive with FremantleMedia (formerly Pearson Television) presented $500,000 to the Harvard Law School to fund courses on animal rights law. The gift is being given by FremantleMedia in honor of Barker's 30 years as host of "The New Price Is Right" (1972) and his long involvement with the animal rights movement. FremantleMedia produces Barker's long-running CBS game show.
2002 - Appeared on "The Wayne Brady Show" for his 80th Birthday.
2002 - Six weeks after recovering from a stroke, he was in another health crisis when he underwent prostate surgery at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., to remove his enlarged prostate. His third operation was so successful that he recovered just in time for him to go back to work.
2004 - Inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in May 2004 by Dick Askin, Chairman & CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Askin is also President & CEO of Tribune Entertainment Company.
2006 - Retirement: On October 31, 2006, Barker announced his retirement as host of "The New Price Is Right" effective June, 2007. He later announced the date would be June 15th.
2006 - In 2006, he donated $1,000,000 to Georgetown University to endow a fund at its law school that will focus on the study of animal rights.
2007 - At age 83, Barker taped his final "The Price Is Right" episode on 6 June 2007; the episode aired on 15 June 2007.
2007 - CBS announced in July of 2007 that comedian Drew Carey would replace Barker as host of "The Price Is Right
2008 - Inducted in the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB Show Television Luncheon on Monday, April 14, in Las Vegas.

Imagespeople/kevinmartinphot46w.jpg CENTER PAGE - Remarks of FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin at CTIA Wireless 2008• And, as of May 2007, approximately 82 percent of the U.S. population lived in an area of the country covered by at least one of these mobile broadband networks.
• • • In addition, as of December 31, 2006, there were 22 million mobile wireless devices capable of accessing the Internet at broadband speeds in use in the United States, up from only three million the year before.
• • • We've also seen the introduction of innovative new products during the past year, such as the iPhone, which is truly a handheld mobile computer. The iPhone can seamlessly connect to any Wi-Fi hot spot for Internet access service. And almost two million iPhones have been activated on AT&T's network. -- CLICK FOR MORE RFid Story
• • Importantly, competition in the wireless industry has also led to lower prices, higher usage and adoption rates, and technological innovation. And many of you in this room have been instrumental in bringing the benefits of competition to American consumers. Your contributions to improving wireless services for the American consumer have not gone unnoticed.
/FTCcommitmentLogo46w.jpg• • The FCC has an important role to play in this mobile revolution as well.
• • During my tenure as Chairman, the FCC has made vast amounts of spectrum available for the next generation of innovative wireless services. Since 2006, we have more than doubled the amount of spectrum previously made available for mobile wireless services.
• • Most recently, the Commission auctioned spectrum in the 700 MHz band. The sheer size of the 700 MHz Auction is a harbinger of the benefits to come. The Auction was the largest in FCC history and raised a record $19.592 billion in total bids.
• • Even in a difficult economic climate, revenues raised in this auction easily exceeded congressional estimates of about $10 billion &endash; nearly doubling the amount Congress had anticipated would be raised. CLICK FOR MORE RF-ID STORY
• • • The Auction drew wide-ranging interest from a number of new players. A bidder other than a nationwide incumbent won a license in every market.
/ImagesNBS100/MarconiandDevicePort46w.jpg• • At the same time, we also must ensure that our regulations continue to protect consumers in this new, more mobile world. Indeed, in some ways the wireless industry is a victim of its own success. Because with increased success often comes increased expectations.
• • Today, to your credit, wireless is no longer seen as a luxury, but as a vital means of everyday communication. And the public has growing expectations of how they will be able to use wireless to meet their everyday needs. For example, E911 ensures that when someone dials 911 during an emergency, public safety can easily and reliably find them. To achieve that goal, we need to ensure that our enhanced 911 rules provide meaningful automatic location information that permits first responders to reliably find them.
• • We all know that people are relying on cell phones for more and more of their calls, including calls to 911. CTIA estimates that since the 1996 Telecommunications Act, 911 calls placed annually from wireless phones have increased six fold (from 55,000 to 290,000). The advances in wireless technology allow people to call for help more quickly and from more remote places than ever before. We need to make sure that our location accuracy requirements keep apace with these changes so that consumers can take advantage of all the opportunities wireless technology has to offer.
• • I believe this is an opportunity for the wireless industry and a harbinger of even more success. In the end, I am confident the wireless industry will rise to the occasion and I look forward to working with you and my fellow commissioners on this critical public safety issue.
• • Thank you for your time today. I truly appreciate the invitation to be here. CLICK FOR MORE VERIZON'S CEO IVAN SEIDENBERG
/WTRepurposediphoneAd46w.jpg4. Related Stories Lobbyist, Eddie Frittz of Kentucky Roast FCC Chairman Martin, Then Jabs At Cable
It was reported by Ted Hearns of Multichannel Industry News in December 2007, -- only someone like - Washington D.C.'s super lobbyist Eddie Fritts gets to take a few cost-free shots at Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin, who, as the cable industry knows all too well, isn't afraid of playing by north Jersey mob rules when shown up in public.
Fritts -- former boss of the National Association of Broadcasters now running his own firm -- gave it his best shot Wednesday night at a roast in Martin's honor attended by 1,500 lawyers, lobbyists, and others who routinely seek favors from the national media regulator. The evening is officially known as the annual FCC Chairman's Dinner, organized by the Federal Communications Bar Association to raise money for charitable causes.
/%23NBSvsFCCportz46w.jpg Martin got to return fire later &endash; but instead of putting Fritts in his place, Martin at times opted to poke fun at cable and other industries within his regulatory orbit.
In his trademark Mississippi drawl, Fritts reeled off a bunch of one-liners, including a few aimed at Martin's youthful appearance.
"I've known Kevin since he was 25 years old and looking 12 years old. Let's be honest, Kevin looks so young even Mark Foley would throw him back," Fritts said, referring to the disgraced House Republican from Florida who had to resign over scandalous text messages exchanged with young boys.
Pausing between cracks to let the crowd settle down in the giant ballroom of the Washington Hilton, Fritts also reminded everyone of Martin's ongoing "war" with the cable industry. He collected more groans than laughs by linking Sen. Larry Craig's (R-Idaho) airport bathroom arrest to Martin's demand that cable had met the so-called 70/70 test in federal law.
"You know, a lot of people think 70/70 gives Kevin a mandate on a la carte. Not true. The only one is Washington who has a mandate is Larry Craig," Fritts said.
Fritts referred to the recent news that Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) is investigating Martin's management of the agency. Martin got word in a letter from Dingell &endash; a missive famously known in Washington telecom circles as a "Dingell-gram."
"I spoke to Kevin on Monday and asked if he had recently received a Dingell-gram," Fritts began. "He said, `Yes.' I asked if it hurt and he responded, 'Yes.' And he also recommended that all men over age 50 get a Dingell-gram at least once a year."
ImagesNBS100/MacWhitePapersEyes46w.jpg When it was Martin's turn, he started off with a little humility about his defeat to the cable industry last Tuesday on the matter of how big cable had grown.
"I recognize that I've brought some of my recent problems on myself -- for example, my cable choice proposal, you know, the one where cable gets to choose to do whatever I say. That may not have been my best idea," Martin quipped.
At one point, Martin asked all cable lobbyists in the room to raise their hands. "I want to start out by apologizing that we had to remove the knives from your table," he said.
Martin suggested that cable opened its checkbook to defeat his anti-cable initiatives.
"I don't know how much money the cable industry has spent but I do know that if our country goes into a recession, it won't be my fault," he said.
Martin also used Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts as a foil in a gag about people who complain that Martin laced one of his public statements with the F-word.
"But not everyone was so critical," Martin said. "Brian Roberts called and suggested I do my own show on leased access channels. I told him that's way too expensive. Then I thought, `Maybe, I can fix that," Martin said, referring to last Tuesday's ruling to slash leased access rates by 70%.
Martin cracked that he would call his program the "That 70/70 Show" and his first episode "Cooking the Numbers."
Martin concluded with a wacky top 10 list of predictions for the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction.
Following the auction, he said: AT&T will say the auction results prove that network neutrality is not necessary. Google will say the outcome proves network neutrality is necessary. NAB will say the auction shows that the XM-Sirius merger should not be approved.
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