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Travis Schario

Feb. 2015: Prior to hosting "All-Star Blitz" at Amazing Arizona Comic Con.

The Story of Travis R. Griffin

I was born and raised in historic Marietta, Ohio. After graduating from Marietta High School in 1999, I took some time off from school to experience the "Working World"; Vending Machine Repairman for The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, Call Center Order Taker for Napoli's Pizza in the Mid-Ohio Valley, and Bowling Center Control Desk at Emerson Lanes in Parkersburg, West Virginia. In all of these careers, I maintained a passion for game shows. 

During the summer of 2003, I was lucky enough to be called as a contestant on The Price is Right. That single experience sealed my future. That following fall, I started at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, majoring in Telecommunications, Computer Programming, and Business; combining the three in a Bachelor of Specialized Studies degree with the title: "Game Show Development". 

During my tenure at Ohio University, I joined the Ohio University College Bowl team. While on the team, I founded The Ohio University Game Show Appreciation Society!, a registered Student Organization to celebrate game shows. After the founding, I joined a national game show fan club, Game Show Congress. 

In the summer and fall of 2006, I took four months away from the Athens Campus of OU to spend on the campus of CBS Television City. I was accepted as an intern on The Price is Right, working under legendary host Bob Barker and producer Roger Dobkowitz. Finally living out my dream, I learned what it took to put a real game show together. I took that knowledge back to Athens and the club, and graduated in June 2007. 

When the "World Of Game Shows" came calling again in July 2009, I left my cable company job to produce game display software for a cable game show pilot, Shut Up And Deal, taped in New York City's "Crash Mansion" night club. I made a permanent move to Southern California in 2010 to follow the dream even further. In 2016, I got my first Associate Producer job for GSN's "Idiotest" and "Emogenius."

From those AP jobs, I was able to get my current career: Game Electronics Technician for Television City Studios Stage Electronics. As of this writing, I have now worked on 35 different shows as either a Producer or Game Operator, and this train is not slowing down any time soon!