On Wednesday, Nov. 27, Beth Mowins, the first female broadcaster to ever call a nationally televised NFL game (ESPN’s season-opening Monday Night Football doubleheader in September 2017) will continue her pioneering ways when she becomes the first person to ever call play-by-play for The Price is Right and its Wheel, star of the showcase showdown.
The popular American gameshow (M-F at 11 a.m.- Noon ET/10-11 a.m. PT on CBS) hosted by Drew Carey invited Mowins to take part in its college rivals special taping, timed to air before college football’s big rivalry weekend when conference or state foes square off for bragging rights.
For Mowins, the decision to expand her play-by-play dossier was an easy one.
You’d have your grilled cheese, dip it in your tomato soup, and watch The Price is Right. It’s a dream come true. – Beth Mowins on her recent Price Is Right cameo and her childhood memories of watching the show on “snow days”
“As a kid, whenever you had a sick day or a snow day, this is what you watched in the morning. You’d have your grilled cheese, dip it in your tomato soup, and watch The Price is Right. It’s a dream come true,” she said.
To prepare for her role, Mowins watched prior episodes to practice calling the wheel numbers the way she would call yards for a football game, and researched stats about key rivalry matchups. On the day of taping, with the help of her husband and stepson, she rehearsed on set in real time.
After the taping with a live studio audience, Mowins said the experience of calling the Wheel wasn’t too far off from her day job.
“There was drama, suspense, the thrill of victory. It had it all.”
As for Carey, whose idea it was for a play-by-play caller to join the show, he was pleased.
This weekend, Mowins will be teaming with analyst Anthony Becht and sideline reporter Rocky Boiman to call No. 22 Oklahoma State at West Virginia at Noon ET on Saturday, Nov. 23, on ESPN2.
The video above is courtesy of Fremantle; Keri Potts shot the video below.