As of September 2015, "Wheel of Fortune" has been on the air for 40 years. The first episode premiered on January 6, 1975, on NBC.
"Wheel of Fortune" began as a daytime series in the 1970s and has since become the most successful syndicated show on TV. Pat Sajak, its current host, has been the host of "Wheel of Fortune" for over 30 years. He became the host in 1981 and has received three Emmy Awards and a People's Choice Award for his talents. Most recently, Sajak won the Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013, TV Guide Magazine listed "Wheel of Fortune" as the second greatest game show ever.