By Terri L. Spilman
“The survey says!”
If that phrase sounds familiar, it’s because it’s a catch phrase from one of the most popular and longest running game shows on TV, “Family Feud.” The Levine family from the Carmel area recently made an appearance.
In April, MyINDY-TV 23 held auditions for “Family Feud” at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Levine family was one of four local families chosen by show producers for a taping.
“We’ve always been a big fan of the show,” said Debbie Levine Snyder. “My son saw a billboard advertising the auditions and said, ‘Hey, you should do this.’”
Debbie convinced her husband, parents, brother and sister-in-law into auditioning. The Levine family competed with about 500 families over two days of auditions at the fairgrounds.
“We sat around for a long time and were one of the last families called up. We answered two questions, and a couple of producers noticed us having fun and being extremely enthusiastic,” Debbie Levine Snyder said of the massive audition process.
After doing some additional filming, the Levine family received a call three days later with an offer to fly down and tape a show in Atlanta.
“The call came too quickly. I thought it was a joke” Snyder said. “We were excited, surprised and shocked. We thought we did a good job, however, you never know.”
The Levines prepared for their appearance by playing the Family Feud game on their phones and gathering as a family to practice answering general questions and work on reaction times.
In May, the family flew to Atlanta to tape the episode.
“It was an incredible experience. Steve Harvey is phenomenal, he is just awesome,” Snyder said.
The Levines cannot reveal the outcome of the episode until after the Oct. 7 air date when they plan to have a viewing party with family and friends.
When asked what she thought about their 15 minutes of fame, Snyder replied nonchalantly, “Yeah, whatever.”
“Family Feud” airs on MyINDY-TV 23 at 7 p.m.