Its hard to believe its been more than 30 years since Bob Eubanks first charmed his was into the hearts of television viewers as host of "The Newlywed Game." Now, in Game Show Networks newest special, "The Newlywed Game – A Silver Anniversary of Love and Laughter," Eubanks returns to reminisce about some of the shows best moment.
Like many of todays most popular television hosts, Bob Eubanks started his broadcasting career as a disc jockey, working at KACY Radio in Oxnard , CA. In 1960 he joined the staff of Los Angeles popular rock n roll radio station, KRLA, where he remained for eight years. Eubanks, along with such other notables as Charlie ODonnell, Wink Martindale and Casey Kasem, made the station #1 in the Los Angeles and many think to this day, #1 in the country.
While a career as a recording artist eluded him, Eubanks was actively involved in the musical careers of some very popular recording artists, producing the live concerts for the Beatles (three years of the bands Southern California concert dates), The Rolling Stones, Barry Manilow, Elton John and Bob Dylan, among others.
He gained notoriety while promoting the Beatles concert at the Hollywood Bowl. It was during the heydays of the 60s that he also launched a string of nightclubs for young adults called "The Cinnamon Grinder," showcasing such artists as Stevie Wonder, Ike and Tina Turner, the Beach Boys and the Supremes, just to name a few.
After the successful launch of "The Dating Game" six months earlier, Chuck Barris Productions hired Eubanks to host their new relationship game show, "The Newlywed Game," which premiered on ABCs daytime schedule on July 11, 1966. The following January, the show was added to ABCs prime time line-up, where it would lead the networks drive to prime time show success for the nest five years. "The Newlywed Game" was ranked among the top three daytime game shows from October 1968 through April 1973 and was among the top three-rated prime time game shows from October 1966 through April 1971.
In 1972, between taping the popular "Newlywed Game", Eubanks entered the country music business, managing the careers of Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell and Marty Robbins. It was during this time that he also signed Merle Haggard to an exclusive live-performance contract, producing more than a 100 dates per year with the performer for almost ten years.
When the network run of "The Newlywed Game" ended in 1975, Eubanks hosted the Columbia Television syndicated game show, "The Diamond Head Game," in Oahu, Hawaii, which led to another ABC aired game show, "Rhyme and Reason," for the 1975 – 76 season.
Forming his own production company, Hill/Eubanks, he hosted and packaged "All Star Secrets" which debuted on NBC in January 1979. Hill/Eubanks also produced television shows for all three of the major networks and the syndicated market. His producer credits Include: "The Toni Tenille Show," Buddy Hackets "You Bet Your Life," "The Guinness Game" and "Infatuation." Eubanks also participated in the production of the motion pictures "Payback" and "Forced to Kill."
Eubanks continued his hosting duties for such game shows as "Dream House," which aired on NBC during 1983-84 television season; "Trivia Trap," on ABC during the 1984-85 season; the popular "Card Sharks," which aired on CBS from 1986-89; and 1993s "Family Secrets" on NBC, among others.
Each year Eubanks can be seen hosting "The Hollywood Christmas Parade," with co-host Leeza Gibbons, for KTLA-TV, Los Angeles. In 1997, to celebrate his 20th anniversary as host of his Emmy Award-winning coverage of the Tournament of Roses New Years Day Parade, for Tribune Broadcasting, Eubanks received a 59 share, making it the largest rating ever of any television show in the Los Angeles area, including the Super Bowl and Academy Awards.
With his return to "The Newlywed Game," recently married couples and television audiences across the nation can again look forward to Eubanks engaging ability to evoke provocative admissions and humorous details about the secrets of married life.