Come on down! Lititz makes it to Contestants’ Row
By: STEPHEN SEEBER Record Express Staff, Staff Writer
She’s been a Bob Barker fan since her babysitter got her hooked on the Price is Right, and last month Whitney Hahn’s dream came true when she was called to Contestants Row on the popular TV game show during her spring break trip to California.
"It was an amazing experience," said the 2008 Warwick grad and current senior at Salisbury University in Maryland.
She made it on stage with current host Drew Carey during a March 19 taping of the show, which will air this coming Monday, April 9, at 11 a.m. on CBS.
The Record Express was able to track down the busy international political economy major Tuesday night to talk about her Studio City experience:
Record Express: Have you always been a Price is Right fan?
Whitney: Since I can remember; probably since I was three years old. I think it started because I had a babysitter who was obsessed with it. I think that’s where it started.
Record Express: Do you prefer the classic Bob Barker show or the new Drew Carey version?
Whitney: I think Bob will always be the best, but I’m pleasantly surprised with how Drew Carey has been with the show. But it started with Bob. He’s classic.
Editor’s Note: The show actually began way back in 1956, when it was hosted by Bill Cullen. It was revamped into the popular version of the show that many are now familiar with in 1972, when Barker took over as host. He remained in the iconic role that he created until Carey took over in 2007.
Record Express: How did you end up in California and ultimately on CBS television?
Whitney: Me and my roommate (also a big fan) decided that we would go out to California for spring break, and my brother (Kerry) was out there because he’s in grad school. So, we stayed with him and we decided that we were going to get tickets for every day that we were out there, with hopes that we would get into the show. And the very first day, we ended up getting into the show. They split you up into groups and interview you.
Record Express: What gave you the winning edge during the interview?
Whitney: We had shirts that said we were all the way from Baltimore, because my roommate is from Baltimore. That initially attracted them. Then I told them that I’ve been a fan since I was three, and I schedule my classes around the show.
Record Express: What’s your favorite game on the show?
Whitney: Cliffhanger (the one with the yodeling mountain climber).
Record Express: What was it like hearing, "Whitney Hahn, come on down! You’re the next contestant on the Price is Right!"
Whitney: It was a complete surprise. Initially, because it’s so loud in there, I didn’t hear my name. But they have these huge poster cue cards with your name on them. That’s what I actually saw before I realized it was me. So then I was screaming and jumping around, and I ran down the aisle, throwing my arms all over the place. I couldn’t believe it. This was a dream of mine for so long. I still can’t believe it happened.
Record Express: What did you bid on to get onto the stage?
Whitney: Power tools, which I was surprised about because I know absolutely nothing about power tools.
Record Express: What game did you play after you made it onto the stage?
Whitney: I played Hi-Low, where there’s six grocery items and you have to pick the three that are the most expensive.
Record Express: What exchange did you have with host Drew Carey?
Whitney: He asked me where I was from, and I told him that I go to school near Baltimore, but I’m originally from Lancaster. I talked to him a little bit, and hugged him. When I was at the "Wheel" I got to do some shout-outs. I only got five names out before they cut me off.
Record Express: What happens during the commercials?
Whitney: He’s really entertaining. He sings songs and dances around, and asks random people questions and tells stories. He’s a goofball.
Record Express: What surprised you most about the show?
Whitney: Probably the size of the stage. The stage was so tiny. On TV they make it look a lot bigger, but it’s probably the size of a high school auditorium. So that was shocking to me.
Today, Whitney is back at school, eagerly awaiting the airing of her show this coming Monday. She’s not allowed to tell anyone the outcome, but she did say she won’t be vacationing on a tropical island any time soon.
See Lititz’s Whitney Hahn, daughter of Kerry and Trudy Hahn, on CBS television April 9 at 11 a.m. More PRICE IS RIGHT, page A16