Patrick Leonard Sajdak, better known as Pat Sajak, was born in Chicago, Illinois, on October 26, 1946. The child of Joyce Helen and Leonard Anthony Sajdak, he was reared in Chicago. His paternal grandparents were all Polish.
Pat’s mom remarried after his dad passed away while he was a small boy. Sajak attended Farragut High School and received his diploma in 1964. He attended Columbia College Chicago and served at the Palmer House hotel’s main lobby.
Sajak learned that the regional broadcasting WEDC was hiring a newscast presenter via his broadcasting professor while he was a student. He auditioned and ultimately was given the 6 a.m. time slot on the channel.
In 1968, amid the Vietnam War, Sajak enlisted in the American Army. He was an Armed Forces Radio DJ within the Army.
While DJing, he mimicked Robin Williams’ portrayal from the film Good Morning, Vietnam! by opening each show with the phrase “Good morning, Vietnam!” Early in the 1970s, Sajak worked as a DJ for a Nashville radio station as their midday host from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sajak relocated to Los Angeles in the later 1970s in search of employment in the showbiz sector. In 1977, he quickly obtained a job as a full-time weather forecaster at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles.
In December 1989, Sajak wed photojournalist Lesly Brown Sajak in Annapolis, Maryland. Prior to this, from 1979 until 1986, he was wed to a woman who was anonymous to the media. Pat and Lesly are parents to two kids: a son named Patrick Michael James Sajak who was conceived in 1990, and a daughter named Maggie Marie Sajak who was delivered in 1995. Maggie wants to be a country artist and she has 3 tracks out.
The pair has a primary residence in Severna Park, Maryland, and a secondary residence in Los Angeles. Pat Sajak acknowledged that he doubts the climate change hypothesis. He also contributes money to Young America’s Foundation, an organization that works to encourage conservative voices on university campuses around the nation.
Affiliates of the Churches of Christ include the Sajak family. Pat underwent urgent intestinal surgery to relieve a clog in November 2019.
PAT’S SALARY –
Pat Sajak makes $14 million a year as Wheel of Fortune’s host as of this posting. In contrast, Vanna White makes $10 million annually. Six episodes of Wheel of Fortune are taped each day, four days per month.
That amounts to 48 full days of employment annually to make $15 and $10 million, accordingly. Pat makes $312,500 every day. When broken down by episode, Pat Sajak makes $52,083 per episode.
It may surprise you to learn that Pat Sajak and Vanna White’s “Wheel of Fortune” salaries aren’t their primary means of revenue.
Pat and Vanna both earn more cash from selling the rights to use their likenesses on gambling machines in casinos than they receive from the tv show directly. Pat and Vanna each receive at least $15 million per year in royalty, licensing fees, and other compensation in return for granting permission to use their individual faces and representations in the slot machines.
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