There are many game show hosts, but none stand out more than Bob Barker and Alex Trebek. Bob Barker was born Robert William Barker on December 12, 1923, and is best known for hosting "The Price is Right." Alex Trebek was born George Alexander Trebek on July 22, 1940, and is best known for hosting "Jeopardy."
Bob Barker hosted "The Price is Right" from 1972 to 2007, the longest-running tenure of a daytime game show host in North America. Bob also hosted "Truth or Consequences" from 1956 to 1975, "End of the Rainbow" from 1957 to 1958, "The Family Game" in 1967, "Simon Says" in 1971 and "That's My Line" from 1980 to 1981.
Barker's first media job was at KTTS-FM Radio in Springfield, Missouri. He left Springfield and worked at a Florida radio station, then got another job at a radio station in California. He was hosting a show that required audience participation on KNX in Los Angeles, when producer Ralph Edwards first heard him. Edwards hired Barker because he liked hiss style and his voice.
Barker was heavily involved in animal rights causes and was named the national spokesman for "Be Kind to Animals Week" in May 1985. He also holds the record of being the oldest man to host a regularly scheduled TV game show, and the oldest man to host a weekday television program since the inception of American network television.
Alex Trebek is a native of Canada who became a United States citizen in 1988. He graduated from Toronto's Malvern Collegiate Institute in 1958, then the University of Ottawa with a degree is in philosophy. His broadcasting career started at CBC as a news and sportscaster. His got his first hosting job in 1966 on "Reach for the Top," a high-school quiz show. He went from there to "Jackpot!" in 1970, then in 1973 he moved to the United States and hosted NBC's "The Wizard of Odds." Trebek hosted "High Rollers" from its debut in 1974 until its cancellation in 1980. He did short stints as a host on other shows until 1984, when he started hosting "Jeopardy."
In 1987, Trebek hosted NBC's "Classic Concentration." He hosted both shows until September 20, 1991, when "Classic Concentration's" last episode. He was the first man to host three American game shows at the same time. Trebek accomplished this on February 4, 1991, when he took over "To Tell the Truth." He hosted this series until May 31, 1991, when the show ended.