Robert Ray "Rod" Roddy (September 28, 1937 – October 27, 2003) was an American radio and television announcer. He is known primarily for his role as the announcer on both CBS game shows, Press Your Luck, and most notably, The Price Is Right, a role he assumed after the death of that show's previous announcer, Johnny Olson, in 1985.
Rod's first work as a game show announcer was on Whew!, which aired from 1979 to 1980. From there, he went on to announce several other game shows, including Battlestars (1981–1982), the original announcer on Love Connection (1983–1985, 1986), Hit Man (1983) and Press Your Luck (1983–1986). Roddy also voiced Mike the Microphone that introduced Mickey Mouse at the beginning of every episode of Disney's animated TV series House of Mouse.
He later adopted a rigorous diet and exercise program. Overweight for much of his adult life, the program resulted in Roddy's loss of close to 200 pounds, an accomplishment often hailed by Barker on camera. With his weight loss regimen becoming a much-lauded success, he was frequently shown on-camera while he announced "the next contestant on The Price Is Right", and was occasionally featured in showcae skits.
He continued with the show until his own death in October 2003, occasionally taking time off due to illness; after his death, he was succeeded by a rotation of substitutes until Rich Fields was chosen as his successor.
Roddy was also noted for wearing brightly colored and sequined sport jackets. He first wore pastel jackets made in Hong Kong, and with the encouragement of Bob Barker, turned them into a trademark. Preferring Thai silk for its colorfulness, he traveled to Bangkok several times a year to have new clothing custom-made. He would also frequently travel to Thailand as the official ambassador to Chiang Mai.
Beginning in season 31, Rod's on-camera appearances were eliminated from The Price Is Right. Officially, FremantleMedia claimed that it was against company broadcasting standards for announcers to appear on camera.