Wink Martindale

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Wink Martindale born Winston Conrad Martindale, December 4, 1934, in Jackson, Tennessee has been a disc jockey and television game show host. Martindale started his career as a disc jockey at age 17 at WPLI in Jackson, earning $25 a week. He was hired away by WTJS for double the salary. Jackson's only other station, WDXI, hired him away from WTJS. He next hosted mornings at WHBQ in Memphis. In 1959, he became morning man at KHJ in Los Angeles, California, moving a year later to the morning show at KRLA and finally to KFWB in 1962. He also had lengthy stays at KKGO/KJQI and Gene Autry's KMPC. Martindale has hosted numerous game shows, including What's This Song?, Debt, Gambit, High Rollers, The Last Word, Tic Tac Dough and Trivial Pursuit. In addition, he was the creator of Bumper Stumpers and he created and hosted Headline Chasers. As of 2008, he is the second television personality to have hosted 15 game shows, behind fellow veteran game show host, Bill Cullen, who had hosted 24 to date.
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