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Veteran announcer CHARLIE O'DONNELL dies at 78

Charlie O'Donnell, the announcer whose voice has opened "Wheel of Fortune" for decades, has died. He was 78. O'Donnell (born August 12, 1932; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was an American television announcer best known for his work on Wheel of Fortune — the voice of the game show even before hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White appeared. He died late Sunday 31 NOV 2010 at his Los Angeles home. O'Donnell was a popular radio DJ in New York before starting his television career in Philadelphia with Dick Clark on "American Bandstand." He also served as announcer for Oscar and Emmy telecasts and other game shows including "The Newlywed Game." His signature phrase "Wheeeeeeel of Fortune," could be heard on the show from its beginning with host Chuck Woolery in 1975. He worked on the show until 1980, and again from 1988 until his death.