After Pat's other show, "Wheel of Fortune" (1975) enjoyed a surge of popularity in the late 80's, he decided to try his hand at hosting a late-night talk show. The format was similar to "The Tonight Show" (1962), consisting of comedy monologues, celebrity guests and musical numbers. Although many well-known celebrities appeared on his show, in the end, Sajak was unable to compete with Johnny Carson and David Letterman. Written by
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Some doubters inside CBS questioned the decision to choose Sajak. Rod Perth, who was the manager of the CBS-owned station in Chicago, stood up at a closed door-session during a CBS affiliate meeting and asked, in a loud voice: "Why Pat Sajak?". Michael Brockman suggested Perth check the ratings for Wheel of Fortune
(1983). Perth's protests didn't sway anybody and Pat Sajak had a late-night show on CBS, beginning in January 1989. See more
Referenced in The Late Shift