Veteran Seven announcer John Deeks has announced his departure from the Seven Network -ending a 44 year association.
“Deeksy” often referred to as the Voice of Seven, is best known for his many promo voice-overs as well as famously calling contestants to ‘Come on down’ on The New Price is Right, and announcer on Wheel of Fortune, Press Your Luck, Deal or No Deal, It Takes Two, Man O Man and more.
In Melbourne he is synonymous with HSV7 and the long-running Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
He began his career on Melbourne radio stations 3UZ and 3DB, before making the move to Channel 7 in 1976. Until recently he could also be regularly heard on Australia after Dark on the Macquarie Radio Network nationally, including 3AW in Melbourne.
Deeksy has also been a tireless warm up guy for Seven on such shows as Deal or No Deal, Wheel of Fortune, hosting Family Feud and being the face of the Lotto draws for 2 decades.
On 2018 he told TV Tonight, “I’ve read the News, I’ve been the weekend weather boy. I worked with Ernie Sigley on Saturday Night Live. I did the helicopter reports for the football -it’s been a kaleidoscope of things!
“I’ve had 34 years of doing game shows, going back to Wheel of Fortune with John (Burgess) and Adriana (Xenides), in Adelaide, and in Sydney with Rob Elliott.
“I hosted Family Feud in Queensland. Rob Brough went on to read the news so I replaced him. But the Olympics happened in Spain and they dropped it!
“But the consistent has been working on Tonight Live, Dancing with the Stars, Deal or No Deal, all the game shows, warm-ups for Acropolis Now, all of them.”
He also said the key to longevity was being reliable and versatile for the network.
“I do stuff for WA, South Australia, NSW, Queensland, and here in Victoria. It’s the whole network. I’m the ‘go-to’ guy thank God. But I’ve made it that way. I’ve really made sure they know I am available,” he said.
“They can call me 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If someone passes away at 3:00 in the morning and they need to recut the Sunrise promo, you can call me, I will fix it.”
This week he said the parting was amicable.