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Man takes spin on 'Wheel'

Jan. 10, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- On Thursday, viewers will get to see how one Huntington man fared at the mercy of the prize wheel on the popular game show "Wheel of Fortune."

Ryan Jobe, 30, of Huntington was selected to be a contestant on the show last year during an open audition at the Mardi Gras Casino and Resort in Charleston.

At the end of July he flew to Los Angeles with his new wife and his mother to film the show.

He described the experience as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

"It was surreal being there and seeing Vanna and Pat there," he said. "I was part of the last show to film that day, and it was nerve-wracking sitting there, waiting for my turn to go."

Jobe, a nurse at St. Mary's Medical Center, was unsure about his chances of getting on the show following the second round of auditions in the spring, and he still was waiting anxiously to hear from producers about whether or not he had made the cut when his wedding rolled around on June 23, 2012.

"The day we got back from our honeymoon, the letter letting me know I made it was there waiting," he said. "Ever since we filmed, it's just been a matter of waiting all of this time for it to air."

"Wheel of Fortune" airs at 7:30 p.m. on WSAZ.