Shaler family vies for prize on 'Family Feud'
By Tony LaRussa
Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
The idea of appearing on a TV game show never really crossed Dolly Bummer's mind.
Then her son, Michael, suggested the family try out for “Family Feud” as they gathered in her Shaler home in October 2011 for their favorite dinner — chop suey.
“I think Mike got the TV bug after he and a friend visited California about eight years ago and waited in line for five hours to get in to see ‘The Price is Right,'” said Bummer, 66. “He got picked to play that day and won a lot of really great prizes.”
Five members of the Bummer family — Dolly and her husband, Ray Sr.; Michael and his wife Cristin of Shaler; and another son, Ray Jr. of Adams, Butler County — decided to try out for “Family Feud,” which was scheduled to hold auditions in a Pittsburgh hotel.
“We decided to audition for ‘Family F eud' as a new family adventure because we like to have fun and act goofy together,” said Michael Bummer, a physician in Magee-Womens Hospital in Oakland.
After calling the show's hotline and sending in a videotape, they were interviewed by the show's producers and invited to audition in Pittsburgh in November 2011.
“They had a couple of mock games that we played,” Dolly Bummer said. “There were a lot of people there and they told us that the chances of being picked were very small. But I guess they liked us because we were invited to go down to Atlanta in July where they tape the show.”
The show paid for the family's travel, accommodations, meals and other expenses but producers made no guarantees about them appearing on the show.
“They really treated us great, and it was fun just sitting there in the audience watching the show,” Bummer said. “Then they told us we were goin g to play. I thought I'd be nervous, but I wasn't because the family was together. It was very exciting.”
The show featuring the Bummer family facing off against the Grace family of Chicago for a chance to win as much as $100,000 and a new car is scheduled to air at 7 p.m. May 2 on the CW Network.
Bummer said she was impressed by the host, comedian Steve Harvey, who put participants at ease and “really kept things going.”
“A lot of people have asked us how we did, but we're sworn to secrecy,” Bummer said. “They'll just have to watch to find out.”
Tony LaRussa is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7987 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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