Todd Newton

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Todd Newton
James Todd Newton

Occupation(s)Game show host, performer, author, radio personality
Years active1990–present

James Todd Newton is an American entertainment reporter, game show host, and author. [1]



Todd Newton started his entertainment career at age sixteen as a disc jockey for Kincaid Entertainment in St. Louis. Later, the company found a role for him on its KMOV children's television show Gator Tales. [2]

While visiting Los Angeles in 1994 to report on Hollywood for St. Louis television station KPLR, Newton — then a radio personality known as Rikk Idol, signed with an agent and became a host on E! Entertainment Television in 1995. [3]

Newton was presented with the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host in 2012 for his work on Hasbro Studios' Family Game Night . [4] He later hosted the syndicated Monopoly Millionaires' Club alongside comic Billy Gardell. [5]

Mentored by Sande Stewart and Bob Barker, Newton has also hosted The Price Is Right Live! , [6] GSN's Hollywood Showdown , Powerball Instant Millionaire, In Search Of The Partridge Family , World's Wildest Game Shows , and Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck . [7]

Newton has hosted programs at American radio stations including WKBQ in his hometown of St. Louis, KIIS and KBIG in Los Angeles, WNEW in New York, and the syndicated All Nite Cafe. [8] In January 2015, he helped launch a new radio station in St. Louis called NOW 96.3 KNOU and was inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame. [9]

He is currently the host of The Host With The Most podcast, The Tattooed Traveler travel series on DBTV, Roku, Amazon Fire, and YouTube [10] as well as the syndicated radio program The Todd Newton Morning Show with Maria Todd . [11]

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Preceded by Host of Whammy! The All New Press Your Luck
Succeeded by
Preceded by Host of Miss USA with Alexandra Wehrley
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