ROANOKE, Va. – A 1970s dating show has put Roanoke on the map.
In an episode of “The Dating Game,” the prize for the winning contestants was a getaway to Hotel Roanoke.
After recently watching that episode, a writer for The New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum, tweeted on Monday: “LOL, just watched an episode of The Dating Game in which the prize was a trip to glamorous... Roanoke, VA. That seems more like a punishment.<Preparing to be ratio’d by Roanoke.>”
Later famous author Stephen King chimed in, tweeting: ”First prize: A week in beautiful Roanoke! Second prize: TWO weeks in beautiful Roanoke!”
First prize: A week in beautiful Roanoke!— Stephen King (@StephenKing) February 8, 2021
Second prize: TWO weeks in beautiful Roanoke!
In response, thousands tweeted, which made Roanoke a trending topic.
Some bashed the city, but many others came to its defense, including Gov. Ralph Northam, VDOT, The City of Roanoke and New York Times best-selling author Beth Macy.