“Wheel of Fortune” with hosts Vanna White and Pat Sajak. Photo credit: @WheelofFortune, via Facebook

“Wheel of Fortune” puts San Diego in the spotlight on Monday as part of the long-running game show’s “Great American Cities” week.

Each night through Friday, a different city will be celebrated, with San Diego getting the honor of kicking the week off, at 7 p.m. The show airs weekdays on KNSD, NBC 7.

In addition to all of Monday’s contestants being from the area, the episode will feature segments from hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White recorded on location at some of the most well-known San Diego sites. 

The three locals were selected to be contestants after applying online at WheelofFortune.com with a video submission, then participating in a virtual audition. 

The contestants include a grandmother, a support coordinator and delivery man:

  • Ruth Cellery of Escondido is married with one child and three grandchildren. She works in human resources and loves to travel. She’s been a “Wheel Watcher” since she was a teenager and is most looking forward to spinning the wheel. She hopes to plan a trip to Italy or Greece with any cash prizes.  
  • Melanio Flaviano of San Diego works as an engineering support coordinator. The bow tie collector has been married to his husband for seven years and they have seven nieces and nephews. Melanio has been watching the show for decades, but in the past five years has been a consistent viewer. He most looked forward to meeting Sajak and White. 
  • Steve Costello is a delivery driver and has lived in North County for more than 20 years. He is married with two adult stepdaughters and has been watching “Wheel of Fortune” for over two decades. His stepdaughters encouraged him to apply as a contestant and, as he’d like to travel, he hopes to win a trip.

If selected to be on the show, everyone goes home with a minimum of $1,000. “Wheel of Fortune” premiered in 1975. Sajak joined six years later and White followed in 1982.

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