Wheel of Fortune: a family field trip to see the live taping

WheeloffortuneOur family of four went to see the live taping of three Wheel of Fortune shows.  My son loves this show and so does my sweet wife.  In fact, we have it on often while preparing dinner.  And we all participate while my wife trounces us.  It is a wholesome show, corny, and fun for the whole family.  In fact, it was the only show we could find that that was easy for the whole family to participate in the live audience.

We drove into LA from Temecula to the Sony Studios lot, which used to be MGM–we actually walked on the yellow brick road!  The fascinating thing for me and my daughter was peeking into the sound stages to see sets being built and the rows of trailers parked between the large sound stage buildings. 

What made this interesting and educational was hearing my son say that everything looked smaller than on TV!  Part of this trip accomplished what I had hoped–educating my kids on media and how it is all put together.  In order for a kids to think more critically, breaking down how the medium works is a great start.  But, my son is a bit disappointed I think.  All the prompted applause and the cheap feel that the three dimensional eye picks up that looks rather great in 2D is a let down.  After all, this is his favorite show.  Some of the stuff on the sets looks like aluminum foil from your kitchen.

This show has been on for 25 years now.  With all the changes in our culture, this show has stayed true–even with HD cameras, and a bit more slick production value.  This is mid-American plain fun.  You will see housewives, military men in uniform and students compete.  Vanna White will look great in expensive gowns and stand in shoes that are impossible.  (She sits every chance she can, ladies!)  Pat Sajak is still the humble and jovial host.  What’s not to love?

PS.  When the show airs, we will let you know so you can see us on TV!

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

32 comments

  1. That is awesome . . . Amy and I watch Wheel-of-Fortune most nights, we love it, she totally kicks my butt at it, but we have fun.

  2. That is awesome . . . Amy and I watch Wheel-of-Fortune most nights, we love it, she totally kicks my butt at it, but we have fun.

  3. That is awesome . . . Amy and I watch Wheel-of-Fortune most nights, we love it, she totally kicks my butt at it, but we have fun.

  4. That is awesome . . . Amy and I watch Wheel-of-Fortune most nights, we love it, she totally kicks my butt at it, but we have fun.

  5. so a couple seasons ago they did that whole tour and did all those tapings all over the country. i was given some tickets when they were in KC and i went to see the taping. i have to tell you, i thought it was the most boring experience of my life. haha.
    see you in 6 days!

  6. so a couple seasons ago they did that whole tour and did all those tapings all over the country. i was given some tickets when they were in KC and i went to see the taping. i have to tell you, i thought it was the most boring experience of my life. haha.
    see you in 6 days!

  7. so a couple seasons ago they did that whole tour and did all those tapings all over the country. i was given some tickets when they were in KC and i went to see the taping. i have to tell you, i thought it was the most boring experience of my life. haha.
    see you in 6 days!

  8. so a couple seasons ago they did that whole tour and did all those tapings all over the country. i was given some tickets when they were in KC and i went to see the taping. i have to tell you, i thought it was the most boring experience of my life. haha.
    see you in 6 days!

  9. Dude…So Heather and I are totally registered with Spin ID Numbers! Booya! Beat that. Glad you had a good time. We went to Leno back in May…and stuck around for Carson Daily…which we left during the taping…cause it was lame.

  10. Dude…So Heather and I are totally registered with Spin ID Numbers! Booya! Beat that. Glad you had a good time. We went to Leno back in May…and stuck around for Carson Daily…which we left during the taping…cause it was lame.

  11. Dude…So Heather and I are totally registered with Spin ID Numbers! Booya! Beat that. Glad you had a good time. We went to Leno back in May…and stuck around for Carson Daily…which we left during the taping…cause it was lame.

  12. Dude…So Heather and I are totally registered with Spin ID Numbers! Booya! Beat that. Glad you had a good time. We went to Leno back in May…and stuck around for Carson Daily…which we left during the taping…cause it was lame.

  13. that’s awesome! yes tell us when you’re on there. i’ve always wanted to go on the show.

  14. that’s awesome! yes tell us when you’re on there. i’ve always wanted to go on the show.

  15. that’s awesome! yes tell us when you’re on there. i’ve always wanted to go on the show.

  16. that’s awesome! yes tell us when you’re on there. i’ve always wanted to go on the show.

  17. Definitely one of my favorite shows of all time. Love it. I still believe that one day I can be on that great American Iconic Game show.

  18. Definitely one of my favorite shows of all time. Love it. I still believe that one day I can be on that great American Iconic Game show.

  19. Definitely one of my favorite shows of all time. Love it. I still believe that one day I can be on that great American Iconic Game show.

  20. Definitely one of my favorite shows of all time. Love it. I still believe that one day I can be on that great American Iconic Game show.

  21. I wanna go on, but I would suck. My wife however would be awesome, and perhaps win the roadster! And, we have a Spin ID#, Matt, so Bleh Bleh…

  22. I wanna go on, but I would suck. My wife however would be awesome, and perhaps win the roadster! And, we have a Spin ID#, Matt, so Bleh Bleh…

  23. I wanna go on, but I would suck. My wife however would be awesome, and perhaps win the roadster! And, we have a Spin ID#, Matt, so Bleh Bleh…

  24. I wanna go on, but I would suck. My wife however would be awesome, and perhaps win the roadster! And, we have a Spin ID#, Matt, so Bleh Bleh…

  25. O.K., this has nothing to do with wheel of fortune…but that is very cool that you all went! :)I found your blog by accident..or maybe not. My name is Laurie and I am a Sunridge Community Church member and a blogdome writer.
    As far as I was ever aware, my friend Lynn, from “Spiritually Unequal Marriage” and I, were the only active Sunridge bloggers.
    I’m soo happy to find out we’re not! Welcome to our church, we are so blessed to have you and your family here for permanent residency as Worship Pastor. I look forward to meeting you and your wife.. Communion service was awesome on Sunday!

    The Lord’s blessings to you,
    Laurie

  26. O.K., this has nothing to do with wheel of fortune…but that is very cool that you all went! :)I found your blog by accident..or maybe not. My name is Laurie and I am a Sunridge Community Church member and a blogdome writer.
    As far as I was ever aware, my friend Lynn, from “Spiritually Unequal Marriage” and I, were the only active Sunridge bloggers.
    I’m soo happy to find out we’re not! Welcome to our church, we are so blessed to have you and your family here for permanent residency as Worship Pastor. I look forward to meeting you and your wife.. Communion service was awesome on Sunday!

    The Lord’s blessings to you,
    Laurie

  27. O.K., this has nothing to do with wheel of fortune…but that is very cool that you all went! :)I found your blog by accident..or maybe not. My name is Laurie and I am a Sunridge Community Church member and a blogdome writer.
    As far as I was ever aware, my friend Lynn, from “Spiritually Unequal Marriage” and I, were the only active Sunridge bloggers.
    I’m soo happy to find out we’re not! Welcome to our church, we are so blessed to have you and your family here for permanent residency as Worship Pastor. I look forward to meeting you and your wife.. Communion service was awesome on Sunday!

    The Lord’s blessings to you,
    Laurie

  28. O.K., this has nothing to do with wheel of fortune…but that is very cool that you all went! :)I found your blog by accident..or maybe not. My name is Laurie and I am a Sunridge Community Church member and a blogdome writer.
    As far as I was ever aware, my friend Lynn, from “Spiritually Unequal Marriage” and I, were the only active Sunridge bloggers.
    I’m soo happy to find out we’re not! Welcome to our church, we are so blessed to have you and your family here for permanent residency as Worship Pastor. I look forward to meeting you and your wife.. Communion service was awesome on Sunday!

    The Lord’s blessings to you,
    Laurie

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