ABC11 Eyewitness News Hosts Auditions for Game Show “Wheel of Fortune”

Raleigh, NC, October 22, 2009 --( John Idler, president and general manager of ABC11 Eyewitness News (, has announced that Wheel of Fortune’s Wheelmobile, will be in the Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville area in search of contestants on Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, the Wheelmobile will be at the Crown Center Arena in Fayetteville. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, the WheelMobile will be on the steps of the Wake County Courthouse during the Raleigh Wide Open 4 event. Viewers who are interested in being a contestant on an upcoming episode are invited to attend. Everyone who attends the event will have the opportunity to fill out an application, have his or her name drawn at random to play a simulated version of the game onstage, win prizes and be evaluated as a potential contestant for the broadcast version of the show.

“The Wheelmobile tour gives us the opportunity to present local viewers with a unique and personal experience with the show,” said Harry Friedman, executive producer. “It’s a way for us to thank our viewers for their long-term support, and for making the show Number One.”

“We are excited that the Wheelmobile is rolling into our local area,” Idler said. “This is a great opportunity for North Carolina residents to have a personal ‘Wheel of Fortune’ experience and potentially compete on the broadcast version of the show.”

- The Crown Center arena is located at 1960 Coliseum Drive in Fayetteville. Admission and parking is free.

- The Wake County Courthouse is located at 316 Fayetteville St. in Raleigh. The event may be modified or cancelled if there is inclement weather. Applicants will be randomly selected for a chance to participate in a final round of auditions.

- The majority of contestants who appear on Wheel of Fortune come out to Wheelmobile events in their hometowns.

- Since its inception in 1999, the Wheelmobile has logged more than 200,000 miles and has visited more than 150 cities.

- More than 600,000 Wheel of Fortune fans have attended Wheelmobile events.

About ABC11 Eyewitness News:
ABC11 Eyewitness News provides 33 hours of local news every week, serving more than 1 million households in a 22-county area in North Carolina and Virginia. Eyewitness News also provides news, weather and sports information 24 hours a day on as well as serving two additional digital channels, ABC11 Eyewitness News Now on Time Warner cable channel 213, and Live Well HD on Time Warner 212. ABC11 WTVD is part of the Disney-ABC Television Group, which is home to all of The Walt Disney Company's worldwide entertainment and news television properties. For more information, go to

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