Woolery Headlines 'Celebration of MSU Athletics'

Legendary game show host and Morehead State University alumnus Chuck Woolery will emcee the “Celebration of MSU Athletics” on Friday, June 19, and will be one of the celebrities that will participate in the Steve Hamilton Celebrity Golf Tournament at Eagle Trace Golf Course on Saturday, June 20.

“I am so looking forward to being back for the golf event. It has been a while since I have been on campus, maybe 30 years, so it will be nice to reconnect with old friends and play golf with them,” said Woolery. “It is always great to come back home. I have fished every stream and lake in the area, and have great memories of my time in school at Morehead State.”

The two-day event is presented by Booth Energy.

During the weekend, participants will have the opportunity to meet with visiting celebrities, MSU coaches, and numerous current Eagle athletes.

The activities will begin on Friday night at 6 p.m. with a reception at the Adron Doran University Center on the MSU campus, which will be followed by dinner, an auction and entertainment.

The auction is being presented by The Citizens Bank of Morehead.

Woolery originally set his sights on a career in the music industry, but made a slight detour when he joined the U.S. Navy instead. Following his two years of naval service, Woolery studied economics and sociology at MSU.

After college, the Ashland native held various jobs including positions as a wine consultant for a leading German importer and as a sales representative at Pillsbury.

Still yearning to make music, Woolery went to Nashville and formed the rock band “Avant Garde.” The band landed on the Top 40 charts with the song “Naturally Stoned,” which he wrote and produced, but the band disbanded shortly afterward. Signing a solo record contract with RCA Records, he moved to Los Angeles and broadened his aspirations to include acting.

Woolery landed his first role as Mr. Dingle in “New Zoo Revue,” a syndicated series for children. He went on to co-star with Cheryl Ladd and Rosie Grier in his first feature film, 1974's “Treasure of Jamaica Reef.” That same year, he was also the featured vocalist on the revised series “Your Hit Parade.”

It was a guest appearance on “The Merv Griffin Show” that triggered Woolery's career as a game show host. After the show, Griffin invited him to audition for a newly created game show called “Wheel of Fortune.” He got the job and the program premiered on NBC in January 1975. Woolery's seven-year run as host of "Wheel of Fortune" earned him an Emmy award nomination for Best Host of a Game Show (1997-98 season).

Woolery is perhaps best known to television audiences as host of “Love Connection,” where he established the infamous “back in two and two.” The show is currently part of GSN's daytime lineup. During part of the program's 11-year run, he simultaneously served as the host of “Scrabble,” holding the rare distinction of hosting two television game shows simultaneously.

In 1991, Woolery hosted his own syndicated talk show and later served as co-host of “Home and Family” on The Family Channel and joined “The Dating Game” in 1997 to re-launch the vintage version of the popular relationship show.

In 1999, he hosted the prime time game show “Greed” on GSN. Woolery also hosted “Lingo,” which was the longest running original and highest-rated series, and the “Meow Mix Think Like a Cat Game Show” on the network.

An avid fisherman, Woolery has appeared on QVC to sell his signature series of top-water bass fishing lures. His lure is the highest-selling fishing product in QVC history. The lures can be seen on Motolure.com.

Tickets for Friday night’s events can be purchased separately for those who would like to attend but not play golf on Saturday.

Additional information on the “Celebration of MSU Athletics” and the Steve Hamilton Celebrity Golf Tournament is available by contacting MSU’s Office of Development toll free at (877) 690-4483 or by e-mail at giving@moreheadstate.edu.