Bio – Rod Roddy

Rod Roddy passed away on October 27th 2003 after a long battle with cancer.

His trademark voice may have been one of the most recognizable features of TPiR.  His colorful jackets became commonplace on the show, and his flash brought life to the entire set.  He will be sorely missed by myself, the cast, and the entire TPiR fanbase.  It was truly God’s turn to say, “Come on up!”  Rest in peace good buddy.  -Colin

As a college student in Buffalo in the mid 60′s I remember listening to Rod Roddy. His signature signoff was “Get the message hockey fans!” This was an anacronym for “Get the puck out of here!” -Howard N.

I JUST WANTED TO WRITE AND SAY IM VERY SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF ROD. I JUST WAS
INFORMED THAT HE PASSED AWAY! HE WAS A GREAT MAN AND HE WILL BE SADLY
MISSED!! -Tracy S.

I can’t believe Rod Roddy has died.  It’s dreadfully sad.  My condolences to everyone out there.  Another legend is gone.  We will miss you forever, Rod!!!!!!! -Gamesh

i have always known rod to be a kind and generous person, and i will miss him not only as the voice of price is right but as a friend. -Tom D.

He surely will be missed.  Enjoyed listening to him   “COME ON DOWN” -Jeanette

If you want your memories/condolences to be added to this page, please e-mail them to tpirblog@balloflightning.com

What follows is the unaltered original biography of Rod that was written in March of 2003.

Rod Roddy is now in his 16th year as Bob Barker’s sidekick/announcer on daytime television’s top-rated game show, The Price is Right. The show, now in its 30th year on CBS is the longest-running game show on a single network in television history.

When he is not working in Hollywood, Rod is the star of the live $25,000 Game Show at the Roy Clark Theater in Branson, Missouri.

Rod’s television entertainment career was launched when he became the narrator of ABC television’s comedy series Soap, which ran for four years.

He worked on various game shows afterward, including Whew! on CBS, Battle of The Starson NBC, So You Think You’ve Got Troubles in syndication, Hit Man on NBC, and Press Your Luck on CBS. Rod was the original announcer on Love Connection before joining Bob Barker on Mark Goodson’s The Price is Right.

Internationally, Rod is the official ambassador of Chaing Mai, Thailand, and travels there frequently to create his colorful Thai silk wardrobe, featured on The Price is Right.

Rod’s extensive radio career included hosting both music and talk shows on stations in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Miami, Orlando, Little Rock, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Cleveland, Atlanta, Buffalo, New York and Los Angeles.

Rod Roddy came close to calling his final “Come On Down” in September of 2001. A stage III colon cancer nearly silenced his famous golden voice forever.

In April of 2001, Roddy, during a recording session, entered a wrong door, fell into a dark storeroom, and injured his right knee. He began taking self-prescribed ibuprofen to control the pain, which led to undetected internal bleeding for a period of three months. In July he was diagnosed with severe anemia, when he complained about exhaustion. After undergoing a series of blood transfusions and extensive testing he was ordered to have a colonoscopy.

At 63, Roddy had been putting off getting a colonoscopy for thirteen years. During the September 10, 2001 procedure, his doctors discovered a tumor the size of a large orange and scheduled him for emergency surgery the next morning September 11 2001. Roddy¹s life saving operation was almost called off because of the World Trade Center Disaster. Officials at the hospital feared a similar terrorist attack in Los Angeles, but Rod¹s surgeon insisted that if the operation was not done immediately, Rod was going to bleed to death. During the only surgery performed at the hospital that day, doctors removed the tumor, and 13 malignant lymph nodes. Rod came through the seven and a half hour surgery without complications, but faced an uphill recovery battle over the next year. Chemotherapy and radiation were both used to kill any remaining cancerous cells not detected during the surgery.

Roddy says, “It could have all been avoided if I had listened to my doctor, and had a colonoscopy at age 50. Men and women are equally at risk for colorectal cancer, but people put off having a colonoscopy because they are afraid of it. The truth is that it¹s a simple and painless procedure, and it can really save your life. It saved mine.”

With help from CBS.com

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