Now that I think about it, most other on air personalities use a clip on mic - but Bob Barker (from The Price is Right) still uses a hand mic. This in itself is somewhat unual, compared to his comtemporaries, but waht is more unsual is the microphone he uses.
Its a long thin model, that at first thought, seems a little old fasioned, but if you think about it, isnt even that - I cant recall anyone else using that style mic.
Is that a model you can even buy? if not, does he have them specially made? Why does he favor these?
Other than Bob not liking wireless mics, that particular model is his “green umbrella” - it’s a prop that defines his character. He could switch to a different mic, but then, he’d be someone else - just wouldn’t be the same Bob Barker.
twickster, please feel free to go right ahead to make whatever blow-job jokes you wish. Oh, wait, this isn’t my thread.
I think db4530 has hit the nail on the head here. Does any other gameshow host need to approach and converse with contestants? More specifically, contestants that have just been yanked out of a pool of hundreds and who aren’t miked? Bob needs that mike!
Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, Court TV type-shows - they’re at a podium with a mike, or there are only three of them, so they’re already miked up.
I think this is the real reason. That, and because he enjoys the many blow-job jokes that are made about him using the mike.
I thought about that. But if you ever watched your local news, you’d realize that a field reporter interviewing the ‘man on the street’ is in a similar position, but I have never seen one use a Barker-style mic.
I’m willing to go for the green umbrella thing - I was just hoping for some additional info…
It’s a little known fact that his microphone is actually a vibrator- the original Hitachi Magic Wand prototype, to be exact. The unique angle at the top functions both as a g-spot stimulator for the ladies and a prostate stimulator for the gents. Sheer genius. During the shows he utilizes its “theraputic massage” to get the contestants rosy cheeked and twitterpated.