Here’s why Roanoke was trending on Twitter for much of Tuesday

It all started with a tweet from a writer for The New Yorker

Roanoke is trending on Twitter after a tweet about a 1970s reality dating show featured a prize: a stay at Hotel Roanoke.
Roanoke is trending on Twitter after a tweet about a 1970s reality dating show featured a prize: a stay at Hotel Roanoke. (WSLS)

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!”

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.


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