STEVENS POINT, WIS. (WSAW) UW-Stevens Point kicks off Annual World’s Largest Trivia Contest
Each year UW-Stevens Point hosts a massive trivia contest to encourage the community to listen to their student-run radio station. To celebrate the 49th anniversary, the theme of this year’s trivia is, “Rush of the 49,” based on the California Gold Rush in 1849.
Jim Oliva, also known as “The Oz” develops the questions each year in partnership with John Eckendorf. He wants those to listen in to not focus too much on winning but to have fun. “Enjoy the music, and enjoy the questions,” Jim shared. “The questions are meant to be enjoyed.
From across the world, thousands of participants will tune in starting Friday, April 13th at 6 p.m.to listen for questions and call in the answers. The radio station will broadcast eight trivia questions per hour for 54 hours straight. Groups will have the length of two songs to call in their answers while dedicated staff and volunteers work the call center.
As early as Monday, April 9, 2018 teams started gathering on campus to wait in line and register. Dedicated students, Madison Wiza, plays every year with a group of nearly 30 others. “No matter the weather,” she said, “we are going to be out here…you should probably bring a chair and warm clothes.”
Robert Scheer shared a similar emotion to everyone in line. For over 30-years his group has listened in and called answers. “This is 54 hours of trivia and fun, he mentioned as he waited in line.
To join the fun, teams must register in person and in advance. For more information or to make a donation, you can visit www.90fmtrivia.org.