Dave Ryan Buys Bob Barker's Mic Over eBay
June 19, 2007 at 6:44 AM (PT)
Although he's never competed in a Showcase Showdown, CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 KDWB/MINNEAPOLIS morning host DAVE RYAN was a lucky bidder on FRIDAY, as he shelled out major bucks in an eBAY auction -- $19,919.08 to be exact -- for the microphone used by BOB BARKER on "The Price Is Right," reports THE PIONEER PRESS.
"I love celebrity memorabilia like that, and I think that it's a classic one," said RYAN. "You think about BOB BARKER's microphone, and you can picture it in your mind: that long, skinny microphone. Everybody's a BOB BARKER fan. He reminds you of when you were a kid and you stayed home from school because you didn't feel good and you ended up watching 'The Price is Right' in your PJs."
RYAN agrees that spending nearly $20,000 on a microphone is a bit extravagant, but he says it was worth it because he's a microphone collector and BARKER fan. "I'm not that rich," he said. "It's kind of like an investment. When I told my wife that I had won it, you could hear her screaming with shock and dismay all the way to ALBERT LEA."