St. Peter’s Tonya Butler, a veteran of the entertainment industry, got her chance to be in the spotlight on “Let’s Make a Deal.”
Butler, a retired entertainment attorney and former record label executive from Los Angeles, was filmed on the show over the summer during a visit with family.
She had planned the trip and was in the midst of packing when her sister, Toni, called and told her she’d gotten tickets to the show.
“It was perfect because I had the opportunity to pack a costume,” Butler said. “I packed my signature ‘70s afro and jumpsuit.”
Butler with her sister and a group of friends went to the show. There, each potential contestant is interviewed to get a sense of personality. Butler had been a contestant coordinator for “The Dating Game” during her college years, so she knew what to expect.
“The contestant coordinators at ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ were some of the nicest, most professional people,” she said. “They make it a really great experience for people, even if they don’t win or never get called up.”
Butler said she was the only one in her group to get called up to play a game.
“I was so excited because I love Wayne Brady and he is the host,” she said. “I couldn’t wait to meet him.”
Butler’s appearance on the show will air on CBS affiliate WCCO at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Butler is now the director of the music industry studies program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has been teaching about the music industry for the past 12 years.
“The main thing I do is teach students the business of the music industry,” she said, covering everything from copyright and contracts to marketing and social media. “We’re based in the Department of Music and we want to make sure they become working musicians.”