Charlie O’Donnell, Wheel of Fortune Announcer, Dies

One of the most recognizable voices in television history was silenced. Charlie O’Donnell died Sunday night in sleep. He was 78.

O’Donnell’s voice was heard for decades on the hit game show Wheel of Fortune.

Along with that long, and quite noticable stint, O’Donnell also had ties to New York.

He was a popular DJ at WOR-FM in the mid-1960s.

While there, O’Donnell became part of music history, chosen by Simon and Garfunkel as the newscaster on their song 7 O’Clock News/Silent Night for their Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme:

But, it was in L.A. where O’Donnell made a name for himself. He was with Wheel from its inception in 1975, on NBC daytime, until 1980. O’Donnell was back to stay from 1988 until his death.

Another legendary turn for O’Donnell started in 1958 as the announcer for American Bandstand.

Along with Wheel, O’Donnell was at the mic for many other popular game shows.