‘Trivia 46: Guardians of the Contest’ at UW-Stevens Point April 17-19
For the City Times
Last summer, the superhero thriller “Guardians of the Galaxy” got everyone “Hooked on a Feeling.”
This April, more than 12,000 players from around the world will be hooked on the world’s largest trivia contest as Trivia 46: “Guardians of the Contest” takes over Stevens Point April 17-19. The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s student-run radio station, WWSP 90FM, will again host 54 hours of trivia questions with more than 400 teams playing locally or online.
Teams must register in advance, in person at the 90FM studios from 3-7 PM Monday through Thursday, April 13-16, or noon to 6 PM on Friday, April 17. Teams out of the area may register at www.90fmtrivia.org. Registration is $30 per team, with all proceeds supporting WWSP and staff scholarships. Merchandise will also be for sale at registration.
The contest will kick off with a parade around campus Friday, April 17. Questions begin at 6 PM.
The contest continues until midnight, Sunday, April 19, with eight trivia questions per hour. Teams have the length of two songs to call in correct answers. The contest also includes two running questions, three music collage questions and three trivia stone questions, which are similar to a scavenger hunt.
Jim “The Oz” Oliva has been coordinating the trivia contest since 1979. He said this year’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” themed-contest came to him while traveling to Chicago.
“’Hooked on a Feeling’ started on the radio, and I remembered that it was in the movie and thought, hmm, ‘Guardians of the Contest.’ That had to be it,” he said, adding everything from the posters to the apparel to the advertisements for the contest will embody the spirit of Drax, Gamora, Groot, Rocket Raccoon and Star-Lord.
Student staff members at 90FM begin preparations and advertising for the contest in early January.
“Trivia is fun for the whole family,” said station manager Dylan Shanahan. “It brings so many people together. People take it seriously because it is thrilling and an experience unlike any other.”
Trivia teams are a dedicated group in pursuit of a small trophy and large bragging rights, said Oliva.
“However, it is really about much more than that. It’s a homecoming for families, as many are playing with their third generation,” he added.
“The support we receive from the community and students is what makes working at 90FM worthwhile and shows how much this station has impacted the lives of Central Wisconsin and beyond,” said Shanahan. “It’s an honor to be able to help provide such a great contest for people to enjoy.”