Wheel You Go?
If you were one of the hundreds of people who auditioned for Wheel of Fortune in October but didn't make the cut, you still have the chance to be a part of the show. Pat Sajak and his big Wheel roll into Charleston the second weekend in January, and they're inviting Lowcountry locals to be part of the show's studio audience. The Charleston shows, airing Feb. 5-23, will be recorded at the Charleston Area Convention Center from Jan. 12-14, and locals have until Dec. 15 to obtain free tickets to the tapings. To apply, just visit www.counton2.com to download and print a ticket request form, or pick up an application at SunTrust Bank, Palmetto Ford, Mama's Used Cars, Ladies Choice Fitness, Bassett Furniture, Suncom Wireless, and Subway restaurants. This is Wheel of Fortune's first visit to the Palmetto State, which, of course, is home to perennial, seemingly ageless co-host Vanna White. In addition to Charleston, the show will be spending some quality time, if such a thing exists, in Vanna's hometown of North Myrtle Beach. Yee haw! So get off the couch, grab an application, and prepare to prove that you're a true Wheel Watcher. –Christy Robertson
Gifts for the Know-It-All
Among a certain set, Saturday mornings are all about cartoons and pancakes. Among a set of a different sort, Saturday a.m. is time to tune into a different sort of distraction: Michael Feldman's Whad'ya Know on public radio. Since 1985, host Michael Feldman, announcer Jim Packard, and the Whad'ya Know Trio have broadcast their comedy, interview, and quiz show Saturday morning (11 a.m. EST) live from Monona Terrace in Madison, Wis., and occasionally from the road. Feldman's comedic timing is often compared to that of Groucho Marx, and the game is reminiscent of Marx's You Bet Your Life quiz show in that it's designed more to give the host a chance to have some on-air fun with the players than to be a genuine test of their intelligence. For local fans who can't get enough of "All the News That Isn't" and "Thanks for the Memos," Charleston will be the town of the week (inside joke alert) when Whad'ya Know broadcasts live from Gaillard Auditorium on Feb. 10, 2007 at 10:30 a.m.. Tickets ($26-$60) went on sale Nov. 27 at all Ticketmaster outlets (554-6060 or ticketmaster.com). –PS