Bob Goen

Bob Goen

Robert "Bob" Kuehl Goen (born December 1, 1954) is an American game show emcee and television personality, best known for his work on "Entertainment Tonight" between 1993 and 2004. He currently hosts GSN Radio with his wife Marianne Curan, in which the contestants play online.

Early life and career

Goen was born and raised in Long Beach, California and graduated from San Diego State University in 1976 with a degree in telecommunications and film. In 1977, he used his college radio experience to land a part-time job at KFOX radio in his native Long Beach, which led to his first full-time job as a disc jockey/producer for KPRO in Riverside, where he was promoted to work as a director. In 1981, he came to television, becoming a sports anchor at KESQ-TV, the ABC affiliate in Palm Springs.


Around that time, he also served as ESPN's desert-area correspondent. After almost four years in that role, he came to Hollywood, where he has hosted several game shows, including "Perfect Match" (syndicated, 1986), "Home Shopping Game" with co-host Bob Circosta (syndicated, 1987), "Blackout" (CBS, 1988), "The Hollywood Game" (CBS, 1992), "Born Lucky" (Lifetime Television, 1992) alongside prominent Australian radio personality, Jonathan Coleman, and the popular "That's the Question" (GSN, 2006-2007), which was based on the Netherlands. It failed the first time it aired, but Goen's show was renewed for a second season. His greatest success in this area came as the fourth and final host of the daytime network version of the immensely-popular "Wheel of Fortune" (CBS, 1989-1991; NBC,Jan.-Sep. 1991). Goen received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Game Show Host for "Wheel".

Goen now trains celebrities on the art of being interviewed. He works for Media Training company, J2 Strategic Communications, alongside Steve Kmetko, Jon Kelley and Terry Murphy.

Bob Goen now joins his wife on GSN Radio, playing games from 1-5 PM EST which streams online at GSN.Com

Entertainment Tonight

On April 12, 1993, he joined "Entertainment Tonight" as a substitute anchor and a reporter. When John Tesh left "ET" on May 30, 1996, to pursue his music career, Goen was promoted to nightly anchor alongside Mary Hart.

Between 1994 and 1996, he hosted the worldwide telecasts of "Miss Universe", "Miss USA" and "Miss Teen USA" Pageants, all for CBS.

As "ET" host, he made guest appearances on two separate movies in 1999. On September 11, 2001, he covered the attacks on the World Trade Center. In 2003, he interviewed Suzanne Somers about the death of actor John Ritter.

In April 2005, a cartoon character named 'Bob Glimmer' was voiced by him in an episode of "The Fairly OddParents". Goen also appeared as an interviewee on a 1997 episode of the cartoon mock-talk show "Space Ghost Coast to Coast". [ [ Episode 52 - "Suckup" ] ]

Personal life

In August 2004, after 11 years of serving as "ET" anchor, he left to spend more time with his new wife and to pursue other projects. Mark Steines succeeded him.

Goen was married to Sabrina in 1988, and had a son in 1994. The couple divorced in 1997. In 2004, he married fellow television personality Marianne Curan.

In his spare time, Goen does annual charity work for his golfing tournament, “The Bob Goen Lexus Invitational”, which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


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