HOWELL – John Peterson, a home improvement contractor and Howell resident, is scheduled to appear as a contestant on the popular television game show, Wheel of Fortune! This exciting experience will have one of Howell’s own representing the local community on national television, and perhaps winning some money while doing so.
Peterson, 39, moved to Howell back in March to help out a family member when he started watching a lot of the show in his free time. As many of us do, Peterson thought, “I can do that.” He filmed a short audition video of himself on his phone, uploaded it to the Wheel of Fortune! website, and then waited.
“I did it because I thought it was a cool opportunity, plus I wanted to win some money,” said Peterson. Don’t we all?
About a month after Peterson sent in his audition tape, to his surprise, he received an email from the show requesting his appearance at a live audition in New York City. Peterson auditioned in person and made it through to a second round of auditions.
Once you receive the letter in the mail that says you are on the show, you must be ready to fly out to Los Angeles in two weeks for the taping, said Peterson. When he received that final letter, he was ready and excited to hop on a plane to LA and be on national television.
Peterson called it “a great experience” to be a part of the show and represent Howell Township. If you tune in on Dec. 21 to see the pre-taped airing of the episode, you might see Peterson’s unique introduction as a boxing announcer.
Ultimately, his goal in competing on Wheel of Fortune! was to win some money to provide a better family life for his wife and three children, he said.
“Being on national television is taxing, but fun at the same time,” he said.