CLEVELAND - You've seen him on our newscasts and now the nation will get to see him compete to win money for his favorite local charity.
On Thursday, NewsChannel5's chief meteorologist Mark Johnson will compete on the national TV game show, "Let's Ask America." Johnson chose to donate his winnings to The Cleveland Food Bank.
"Let's Ask America" is the TV game show where contestants can win up to $50,000 from home. Four contestants are chosen to play the game via Skype from their home, answering questions about fun and irreverent topics to find out what people are thinking.
Johnson is one of four meteorologists competing on Thursday night's special episode. The other meteorologists competing on Thursday's show are representing stations in Phoenix, Ariz., Tulsa, Okla. and Kansas City, Mo.
"They called me up back in July and asked if I wanted to go head-to-head with other meteorologists from around the country," Johnson said. "I went through the interview process with three different producers. They wanted to see if I had any energy or personality. So I drank three Mountain Dews before each phone interview. Now that's energy!"
Competing on the game show was a new experience for Johnson, who only communicated with the other contestants via Skype. Johnson said the most difficult part about competing on the show was answering the questions.
"The answers come from surveys of different groups of people. For instance, you might have to guess how blonde women from Nevada under 30 would answer a question. That adds an extra element of danger to the game," he explained.
Although he can't reveal the outcome of the episode, Johnson said the best part about competing on the game show was winning money for The Cleveland Food Bank.
Join Mark Johnson and NewsChannel5 Thursday for a special watch party and Tweetup in downtown Cleveland. Details here: on.wews.com/YCycn3