Join Us in the QuizBusters TV Audience for Season 27

Sep 4, 2015

FREE – Tue. Sep. 15, Wed. Sep. 16 | Be in the TV studio audience when WKAR records three Special Edition episodes of QuizBusters, featuring local personalities and community leaders.

File photo: In WKAR Studio A at QuizBusters Special Edition recording from a previous season.
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

You're invited to join the studio audience as WKAR launches a new season of QuizBusters with three Special Edition episodes featuring local personalities. The popular academic game show and WKAR original series is entering its 27th season on the air in mid-Michigan.

Two games will be played back-to-back Tuesday, Sept. 15, and one game Wednesday, Sept. 16, at WKAR TV studios in the Communication Arts and Sciences building on the Michigan State University campus.

Competing in the first game on Tuesday are Kelly Rossman-McKinney of Truscott Rossman, Don Black from Power 96.5 FM, educator and actor Gini Larson, and voice of the Lansing Lugnuts Jesse Goldberg-Strassler. They will match up against Deb Hart of WMMQ Radio & Michigan Talk Network, Lauren Aitch from the Aitch Foundation, Big 0 Records recording artist Greg Nagy, and WILX-TV anchor David Andrews.

Competing in Tuesday's second game are MSU Associate Provost Terry Curry, Rico Beard of 105.1 and 92.1, April Clobes from MSUFCU, and Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta. They will go up against Mike Peplowski of Sixty North Companies, Dawn Parker from the Lansing State Journal, Rich Weingartner from MESSA, and Dave Ellis of MSU ANR Communications.  

Wednesday's game offers a special twist for classical music lovers. Host Matt Ottinger and WKAR Radio Station Manager Peter Whorf have cooked up a special QuizBusters Classical challenge to test the wits of local classical music stars and fans. 

Among the team members will be Lansing Symphony Orchestra Music Director Timothy Muffitt, WKAR Radio Host Jamie Paisley, MSU Graduate Student Matt Forte and MSU College of Music professors Melanie Helton. They will go up against MSU Professor of Music ​and Director of Orchestras and Graduate Orchestral Conducting Kevin Noe WKAR Radio Host Jody Knol, Lansing Symphony Orchestra Violinist and Spring Arbor University Assistant Professor Ji Hyun Kim and MSU Graduate Student Brandon Williams.

All team line-ups are subject to change.

Days/Times
Tuesday, Sept. 15
Doors open for general admission seating at 6:30 p.m. Program taping begins promptly at 7:00 p.m., and will conclude at approximately 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 16
Doors open for general admission seating at 6:00 p.m. Program taping begins promptly at 6:30 p.m., and will conclude at approximately 7:00 p.m.

Where
This special TV recording event takes place in WKAR Studio A, in the Communication Arts & Sciences Building, 404 Wilson Road, on the campus of Michigan State University. Parking (free after 6 p.m.) is available in the Trowbridge Road parking ramp, near the south, main lobby.

On the Air in October
The games taped on Sept. 15 and 16 at WKAR are scheduled for broadcast as QuizBusters Special Edition episodes on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 10 at 6:00 p.m. Visit wkar.org or follow us on Facebook for updates.

QuizBusters returns to its regular format October 10 at 6:30 p.m., featuring more than 60 teams from mid-Michigan high schools competing for scholarships to Michigan State University.

This is the fourth year that WKAR has kicked off a new season with special guest episodes. Past episodes featuring guests Jane Aldrich, Darrin Rockcole, Andre Hutson, Lynn Jondahl, Kat Cooper, Tico Duckett and many more can be viewed online at video.wkar.org. All recent QuizBusters episodes are also available on Roku, Xbox 360, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and iPad/iPhone in the PBS app.

QuizBusters host Matt Ottinger has been with the series since it began in 1987. Ottinger is a game show fan with a large personal collection of both television game shows on video and board games. He has the distinction of competing on "Jeopardy" during the Ken Jennings run, and while he didn’t defeat the champion, he did give Jennings a run for his money.