UW-Stevens Point: 42nd trivia contest returns to UW-Stevens Point

Central Wisconsin and international trivia enthusiasts will compete in the world’s largest trivia contest at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point on WWSP 90FM. Celebrating its 42nd year with a tribute to the popular 1950s television show, “I Love Lucy,” the 54-hour trivia contest, “I Love Trivia,” begins Friday, April 8.

The annual Trivia Parade begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, featuring floats from many of the registered teams. The parade will start near UWSP Lot Q. The first question will be broadcast at 6 p.m. Eight questions are read each hour and teams have the length of two songs to call in their answers. A variety of specialty questions will include a treasure hunt-style series of clues scattered around Stevens Point. Teams with correct answers are given an equal share of the 2000 points each question is worth, with a minimum of 5 points and a maximum of 500 points. Trophies will be given to the top ten teams with the highest point totals.

Registration is $30 per team and must be completed in advance at the 90FM studios between Monday–Thursday, April 4–7 from 3–7 p.m., and Friday, April 8, from noon–6 p.m. All money collected from this event will be used for 90FM scholarships and general maintenance. See Trivia 42 for complete rules, a listing of teams and registration information.

The Trivia kickoff movie will be shown at Rogers Cinema, 2725 Church St., Stevens Point, at midnight on Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2, and also at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Admission is $3. The movie title will be announced at the Friday midnight show.

Trivia began in 1969 with 16 teams and was first broadcast on 90FM the following year. For the sixth year 90FM has teamed up with the Wisconsin Public Service Corporation to power the contest using “green powered” electricity. A documentary, “Triviatown,” was filmed during the 2004 trivia weekend, debuted in 2006 and won Best Film at the Wisconsin Film Festival in Madison and Best Documentary at the Westchester (New York) Film Festival.

90FM WWSP is the not-for-profit, student-run radio station at UW-Stevens Point. One of the largest stations of its kind in the Midwest, it can be found at the FM frequency of 89.9.

Contact: Megan Turbin, promotions director, 715-346-3755.