UWSP prepares for Raid on Trivia 51
For the City Times
STEVENS POINT – Entering its 51st year, the “world’s largest trivia contest” will be going “extraterrestrial” from April 17-19.
“Raid on Trivia 51” will bring thousands of participants together from “around the galaxy” for 54 hours of trivia questions and music on University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s WWSP 90FM.
The contest is written by long-time coordinators Jim “The Oz” Oliva, John Eckendorf, and the predecessor to Oz, David Coulthurst.
“Trivia is this incredibly important facet to the Stevens Point community,” said Alex Strouf, 90FM’s Station Manager, “It’s always this gratifying, insane experience. It’s crazy, and it’s beautiful.”Information Technology (IT) Director Jack Formella grew up playing the contest as a member of the Stevens Point community, but now as an executive staff member, Formella says “The contest is ‘organized chaos’ in the best way possible. You just have to be ready for anything.”
The contest kicks off on April 17, with a parade around the UW-Stevens Point campus starting at 4 p.m. Questions begin at 6 p.m. and continue until midnight April 19. The radio station will broadcast eight trivia questions per hour and teams will have the length of two songs to call in with the correct answer in order to be awarded points.
The contest also includes two running questions for which teams must go out in the community to find the answer, three music questions for which sound bites from eight songs are played and participants must decipher the name of the song, and three trivia stone, scavenger-hunt like questions. The top teams win trophies.
To join the fun, teams must register in person and in advance at the 90FM Studios April 13-16, 3-7 p.m. and April 17, noon to 6 p.m.
To register an out-of-town team, visit www.90fmtrivia.org.
For more information, contact University Communications and Marketing at 715-346-3572, 715-346-2490, or [email protected].