This spring, the locally produced Bergstrom Stateline Quiz Bowl game show will expand to include a statewide invitational tournament.
Eight top academic teams from across the state of Illinois will be invited to compete in the Bergstrom Stateline Quiz Bowl Tournament of Champions, taking place April 28th and 29th at the Nordloff Center in downtown Rockford. All matches will be recorded to air for eight consecutive weeks, from May 26th to July 15th, 2018.
The Stateline's first locally-produced, half hour game show, Bergstrom Stateline Quiz Bowl launched in January of 2015, featuring 22 academic teams from local area high schools, .
"Within a few weeks of the show's premiere, word has spread quickly, and we were bombarded by requests from academic teams across the region asking how they could get involved for Season Two," says Kelly Lattimer, VP/General Manager of WQRF-TV, which provides services to WTVO-17 and produces the program. "This enabled us to expand the show to a full field of 32 teams."
Now in its fourth season, the Bergstrom Stateline Quiz Bowl has firmly established itself as "must-watch and must-play" television.
"It's time to expand the brand statewide," said Lattimer. "We've heard from numerous academic coaches that our show is well-known in scholastic bowl circles. People know this show. We're told that kids and coaches from academic teams in other markets are envious and wish they had a show like ours. So, we decided it was time to give folks across the state the opportunity to experience what Rockford has been doing the past three years."
The Bergstrom Stateline Quiz Bowl Tournament of Champions will be carried on a five-market regional network reaching more than four million television households.
Network affiliates include WCUU (Chicago), WCIX (Champaign), WMBD (Peoria), WHBF (Quad Cities) and WTVO/WQRF (Rockford).
Specific telecast dates and times in each market are yet to be determined.
All episodes will be archived on statelinequizbowl.tv
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