is an American reality television show
, which began on February 22, 2004. It was the network's second reality show, with two editions of Beg, Borrow & Deal
having previously aired. However, this was the first reality show from a network to offer its winner an on-air place on one of its shows. The show was hosted by Stuart Scott
The premise of Dream Job
was to find a new anchor for ESPN's popular sports news program, SportsCenter
. The winner of Dream Job
would get a one-year contract with the network, and would play a trivia quiz on SportsCenter
to determine her or his annual salary. The winner would also receive a new Mazda 3
. Every week, either one or two contestants would be cut from the show as the American viewing public and the show's judging panel were allowed the power of whom they wanted to be cut from the show.
In September 2003, the show's producers went on a nationwide talent search to find those who wanted a chance to be an ESPN anchor. Over 10,000 people attended the talent search across the United States
. The field was narrowed down to 10 contestants who would compete in the televised finals, which started in the Winter
of 2004. Originally, the show wanted 11 contestants, 10 from the nationwide search, and another from a contest that was being sponsored by the popular fast food chain Wendy's
. A 12th contestant would be selected as an alternate.
The last 12 contestants still in the running on the premiere episode... Read More