Information, Please was the gold standard in radio quiz programs. Created by Dan Goldenpaul, it tested a listener's knowledge by stumping the correct answer correctly. A panel of 3 experts answered the response to an intellectually inclined question, and Clifton Fadiman read multiple-choice queries to one of the 3 experts.
Listen to Information, Please online at www.archive.org/otr.Read more >
In the past, the Wheel would be automated in the show's opening and closing, even a few months into the now 20+ year-old electronic puzzle board.
My initial theories were they were controlled by motors in the Wheel's base, or even by a computer in the control room.
But there's another theory on my mind...wind tunnels. I know, you're gonna ask, "John, how can a wind tunnel propel something as heavy as the Wheel?" Well, you all know that wind tunnels propel jet engines and helicopter propellers. If they can propel those, they can probably propel anything that can spin...except probably Price's Big Wheel (first off, it's a vertical wheel; second, the spaces are seen from the front; and third, it's a pretty heavy wheel compared to the Wheel).
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Welcom to The Kollege of Musical Knowledge, old time radio fans! Kay Kyser hosted the classic radio quiz of musical nerves and strategy where contestants were pitted against Professor Kyser, headmaster of the fictional Kollege of Musical Knowledge, led by His Band of Renown.Read more >
About 14 years ago I watched an episode of Millionaire where I saw a contestant get a question about how many gifts there were in the song about the 12 Days of Christmas. He guessed 78, as did I, but both of us were shocked to find out it was 364.
You're wondering how we both guessed 78: Simple, the first line in each verse (i.e. the partridge on the first day, turtle doves on the second, etc.).
Now, the question is: how in the world was it 364, and where did we go wrong? Comment below. Gameshowguy2000 (talk) 04:28, December 21, 2018 (UTC)Read more >
Recently, I happened to find this video of a then 21-year-old (now 27, judging from the upload's date) getting a visit from Santa.
However, as much as I, and other autistic Santa-believers wanted the conversation about the video to be peaceful, some person who was very anti-autistic, started bashing the person in the video, the autistic people commenting in it, and myself. Needless to say, I was not happy.
Now, you know that I and my fellow admins William, Brandon, as well as Video Archivist and Wheel Wiki admin Daniel are all autistic as well as Santa believers. And we all know one thing: It's one thing to believe in Santa. It's one thing not to believe in Santa. But it's another to bash those who do believe.
You're wondering, "John, where are you g…Read more >
OK, I am glad to announce that I am officially a member of the Frozen watchers club (instead of the Wheel Watchers Club; though honestly, next time they go to WDW, they could use the characters/actors to introduce Pat and Vanna; wouldn't hurt, would it?).
For those who don't know, it's based on the Hans Christen Anderson tale The Snow Queen. But, given that most everyone's seen the movie to this point, I'll just go straight to my review.
It's a great movie, and like everyone else who finishes watching it the first time, you'll won't be able to let go (no pun intended) of "Let It Go". And there's a reprise version of the movie song for the stage show at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. In fact, every time I bring it up at work, some of my co-…Read more >
Recently, in honor of my late grandfather, I have been adding articles on old quiz and game shows that were broadcasted on radio during its Golden Age. These shows weren't on this Wiki when he died. So I bought a book on old time radio shows, and skimmed through the pages to find the quiz and game shows that were broadcast in that format. I use the information from the book to put information on the pages. When I need more information, I go to the website otrrpedia.net. OTRR stands for Old Time Radio Research. I use the existing episodes on their On Demand page (which has free access) to see what information is correct and what isn't.
If you would like to help me with this project, just go to this site, and click on Old Time Radio On Demand…Read more >
Reason being that they found a bug in the software. Downside to this is that we can no longer edit using the older Wiki format (which I really preferred); but hey, nothing stays the same forever, and we know it. So, for this post, and all my previous ones, commenting is open again. HALLELUJAH! Gameshowguy2000 (talk) 22:59, July 28, 2018 (UTC)Read more >
I would like to apologize to everybody on this wiki for everything that has happened over the past two days, mainly with Magitroopa. He's not really a terrible editor, he just couldn't accept our ways of editing around here, nor the fact that this is not Wikipedia. There are several editors out there who treat these Fandom sites as if this is Wikipedia, that they end up forgetting that it's really not Wikipedia and that we can be as loose as we can. Brandon Devers even says that first names are allowed not last names. Furthermore, you've seen his comments, rudely telling how to do my job. I usually don't get that rogue; I got pushed into being rogue as I've had many times before with other Fandom users. But that doesn't always mean that th…Read more >
This episode has an epic battle of becoming a Skatoony game show host and Chudd is the People's Choice.
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I want to start a new Wikia run for 2018. My plan is to collect only the bronze achievements first. If there's no more to collect on the bronze, I take the next step and only focus on the silver achievements. And after that, I'll take the next step again in getting the gold achievements.Read more >
Since the late 1990s, there have been game and reality shows produced in my home region of New York City, NY. I am trying to figure out which shows were produced here. If any of you could help me, that would be very kind of you. Thank you.Read more >
Alex Trebek ruled the Saturday morning dance-show era in the early 1960s and, in 1961, began presiding over a briefly defunct CBC show called Music Hop. As host and interviewer, Trebek introduced Canada's most acclaimed sock-hop hitmakers durting that time; and this series took CBC viewers to the top of the Canadian Nielsen ratings during its entire run.
Music Hop debuted on CBC in the fall of 1961 pre-Soundcloud and pre-Spotify. 11 years later, Trebek would make his U.S. series television debut as host of NBC's ill-fated 1973 game show The Wizard of Odds, which featured the title theme composition by a pre-Growing Pains Alan Thicke, who went on to compose the themes from several hit sitcoms including Diff'rent Strokes, The Facts of Life and …Read more >
If you have been on this or any other wiki, you'll know that occasionally we have a thing called an editing war. It is the kind of war where two users have a disagreement over a certain page or for other reasons. There was even one here where it had nothing to do with this wiki. PSUAvatar14, the one who got involved here, because the guy who came after him for getting blocked by him knew about his editing here and that really blew things up. As you've seen, I've had my share of editing wars with the likes of SCC, Shadeed, Brandon Bridges, Brandon Devers and Daniel. I'm talking about this now, because today I was in an editing war on the Jumanji Wiki. The user who fought me is called "Pagonging", he claims that I was doing something illega…Read more >
First of all, this is not a post telling those who have done this to get out or they have ruined this wiki, especially since this is far from being ruined.
What I want to know is, what is it about a Wikia user (now Fandom user) that makes them act like the Energizer Bunny, they keep going, and going, and going, and going, and going, and going, and going?! This is what I like to call going on a rampage. To me, that's a crime! For constant editing on this or any other Wiki unless it is just starting out usually floods up the recent changes page, causing us to use the search box to get to the pages we want to see. I've said this time and time again. This is not a plea to stop nor leave; this is a plea to slow down; you know, take beat before e…Read more >
"Santa is not real."
Yes, you heard right. And you wonder why you don't hear me do it.
Simple...do you really want me ruining anyone's holiday season around here?! I certainly don't.
If you need the proof he exists, here it is:
So if anyone asks for proof, the proof came from me.
Now, chime in below! Gameshowguy2000 (talk) 18:40, December 20, 2017 (UTC)
[Update: Commenting is NOW active. I will check all my prior posts, and enable them...it seems that the change in layout has solved that bug.]Read more >
Ruff sends Liza to learn how to groom a goat.Then Ruff sends Brian, Bethany and Talia to learn about bicycles.
Ruff: “Grandma Ruffman.Chet.Where did you get that costume.”
Grandma Ruffman was able to give Liza 15 Bonus Points by dressing up the goat of Grandma Ruffman’s image.
- Sterling: 1.132 1/2 Points
- Issac: 1.117 1/2 Points
- Talia: 1.085 Points
- Liza: 1.050 Points
- Brian: 1.040 Points
- Bethany: 1:012 1/2 Points
- Liza: 90 Points
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Hello. Forgive me if this type of question is not allowed, I have a great idea for a TV game show. Description is full and illustrated as a pdf file, in an easy to follow format. Modesty aside, the concept is very simple,to follow, yet very appealing. "Wheel" and "jeopardy" Come to mind as examples. Just like these classics it involves luck/chance and knowledge, Again, I have a description fully prepared with graphics and everything.
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It's time for more insane ways to do to people who just can't seem to get a question right
-insert main theme now-
101 ways to leave a gameshow blog addition coming soon!
(If you want to parciptate, leave a message on my wall).
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If you might not know already, users like myself, Daniel, Brandon, and William are autistic.
I want to bring attention to something that's been crossing my mind--this so-called "cure" for it.
There is no cure. NO CURE AT ALL!
I've been reading a lot about how the organization "Autism Speaks" is literally bashing anyone who's autistic. And if you think that's bad, I read a comment on a YouTube video that suggests autistic people "need to be put in a zoo."
Well, excuse me! Just because Daniel, Brandon, William, and I are autistic doesn't mean we deserve to be put in a zoo. Just because we're autistic, doesn't mean we don't know right from wrong. With William running this Wiki and Daniel running Wheel Wiki, and even Brandon running the Coca-Cola Wiki, th…Read more >
Called it Canada's answer to ABC's defunct American Bandstand, and Alex Trebek's first series - the 1960s cult dance program Music Hop - was a success.
Trebek introduced Canadian teens to Canada's diverse roster of musical artistry in English and French (think "Go Go Trudeau" meets Nickelback's "How You Love Me") - and many of the world's top Billboard chart-topping musical acts appeared on MH - among them the Sinners.
The Sinners' offbeat novelty hit, "Go Glo Trudeau," satirized Prime Minister Trudeau's rise to power in the Canadian government as a means of controversy. So, where did Trebek steered away from the audience?
Trebek himself went on to fill in the shoes left by Art Flemming as the host of Jeopardy! during the 1980s.Read more >
As many of you know, there are slot machines based on Wheel. And...believe it or not, some of those can even be found on machines with names that have been casino mainstays for years--and I'm talking about names such as Red White & Blue and Double Diamond.
But whether it's the regular mechanical slot machine, or the computerized type (also with the reels, but on a video screen that switches in case you make it to a bonus round), every machine has a Max Bet function. You hit that button, and per the function, you bet the max number of coins, and if you hit a special combo, you trigger a bonus round for more money. But that's the only way you can trigger the bonus round...and it'll also increase your chances of winning the jackpot.
However, I've l…Read more >
In the show's entry at User:Daniel Benfield/Sold Pilot Theatre, I mention that "I really could tear apart this pitch's claims, they're that laughable." Well, for my first blog post here I think it's well past time I (try to) put my money where my mouth is.
Question #1: What's the fastest game show on earth?Um...1970s Split Second? Three on a Match? Jeopardy!, maybe?
You're about to find out the answer.wut
Host: Welcome to 100%.
Pearson Television is about to change the face of TV, with a game show that's more game and less show!Oh, really? *eyebrow raise*
[show clip]Hi, Kevin. You look like you'd rather be anywhere else.
Host: What is your name and where are you from?
Contestant: Hi, I'm Kevin Welch and I'm from Hampton, New Hampshire.
100% features thre…
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Before there was Mall Masters at Mall of America, The Bachelor, You Deserve It or Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, there was Texas native and former Oklahoma City local television journalist Christopher Bryan Harrison, who covered the top stories making headlines in local television sports during the 1990s.
As the host of his series television debut titled Mall Masters at Mall of America,Harrison asked a trio of contestants multi-choice trivia questions attatched to a Mall of America retail store, restaurant or entertainment venue in an effort to score points.
Harrison appeared on the 2000-2005 syndicated satirical game show Street Smarts in a previously broadcast episode- in the opening to the Frank Nicotero-hosted half-hour series, Harrison…Read more >
2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Comedy Central's Daytime Emmy Award winning general knowledge satirical game show Win Ben Stein's Money, presided over by actor, economist and best selling author Ben Stein and a pre-Jimmy Kimmel Live! Jimmy Kimmel the Sports Guy.
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I felt the need to get another something off my chest, and it has to do with something that just about every game show has: Flashing lights.
Everyone knows that flashing lights are bound to cause epileptic symptoms such as seizures. But, as I'm sure many of us game show fans are aware, it's about how bright the lights are, as well as the speed of their flashing.
Take Wheel. When the show first debuted, the Wheel's base lights and the puzzleboard's lights flashed quickly, but not really really quickly...just in a chase pattern. And if you notice, those lights weren't that bright. By the time the syndicated version's 8th season premiere (and thus carrying over to Goen as a result), on both counts, the lights were a tad brighter, but not too bri…Read more >
There used to be an episode of the American version of Dirty Rotten Cheater on YouTube, but now it isn't there. This episode is not on Dailymotion or Vimeo, either. I remember the format from that episode. Wikipedia said that when an honest player received three votes in each of the first three rounds, only the players who voted for them lost half their money. I, however, claim that all the remaining contestants lost half their money in this case.
Wikipedia also said that in the fourth round, the scores weren't diminished if none of these contestants received 50% of the vote. I, however, am well aware that they were in this case.
If someone could re-upload this episode, I could prove who is right.Read more >
Veteran journalist Bill Kurtis has long been covering the breaking stories making headlines in the mainstream media every day on CBS and cable's A&E. Since then, the 76-year-old Kurtis is testing NPR listeners' knowledge of mass-media journalism as he serves as the scorekeeper for the listener-supported public-radio network's long-running comedy quiz show Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me! opposite quizmaster Peter Sagal.
Listen to Bill keeping the scores at www.waitwait.npr.org. Click and hear him announce the opening to the comedy quiz format.
Bio of Bill Kurtis - www.decadestv.com
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As of this post, we are now one week out from Christmas Eve, which of course, means Santa's annual trip around the world. He has worked hard with the elves to ensure that the gifts we ask him for (via e-mail or snail mail; we're too old to sit on his lap, but never to write; and yes, even the North Pole has computers for his lists and all the letters he gets), and we've worked hard to get on his Nice list.
But, oh, the debate on if there is indeed a real Santa. Everyone's gonna be looking at me like, "Oh John, those mall Santas aren't real." Duh, of course not. About this time 30 years ago, the syndicated Card Sharks with Bill Rafferty invited 10 mall/department store Santas to be a part of the audience survey during Christmas Week 1986. Per…Read more >
My Father told me I have to ask you nicely and politely. But does anybody know about a "Rodeo Drive" episode guide?Read more >
After watching this Inside Edition video, the time has come for me to get this issue off my chest, an issue that for sure is going to be the subject of debate, regardless of how long I stick around on this planet.
In the video you can see a 5-year old boy being paddled by the school principal (or about to be) for his constant misbehavior and (surprise, surprise), 18 UNEXCUSED ABSENCES! In the room is the boy's mother, who after seeing the video, was horrified. She was actually arrested for the boy's truancy. It was either that, or have him get paddled.
The boy constantly bawling throughout wants to be spared, but apparently the principal doesn't care. The school, in case, you're wondering, is in Georgia, one of a few states that actually legal…Read more >
This upcoming season of Survivor will bring a whole new meaning to the term "culture wars".
To us game show fans, when we think of the term, we think of things like the battle over gay rights and gay marriage...mainly, progressives supporting such things because we need to keep up with the times (like I always say, "Things change with the times"), and conservatives opposing such things all in the name of "tradition" and "protection" (even if it is present day).
Now, I am a Generation X person (I was born in the 80's, like most of the others here, some of you may were born in the 90's and I don't know if that falls into the category), but I think like a Millennial. I believe in keeping up with the times, and many game shows have kept up with th…Read more >
Well folks, Monday night is Dance Night as it were. For on that night, we have the 23rd season premiere of Dancing with the Stars and the season finale of So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation. Die Hard fans of both shows will have a tough time choosing what to watch.
Now me, this season marked the first time I watched So You Think You Can Dance religiously, and I was impressed and amazed by these young dancers and their all-star partners; and Dick Clark Productions picked a great host in Cat Deeley. Former American Idol judge Paula Abdul certainly feels right at home as one of the judges and Maddie Ziegler feels right at home too, even though she's not the greatest competition judge in the world. You can tell she is not the kind who gi…Read more >
Most of us are die-hard Pokemon fans...especially that in a couple years, it will mark TWO DECADES since Pokemon hit the airwaves in North America, and then became a worldwide hit.
From games to cards (yes, they still have those) to the new Pokemon Go app, we fans are still "Catching 'em all!".
However, that aside, we're going to focus on just the app (which I don't have). It has come to a few picky people's attention that the app is too dangerous. And by dangerous, I mean, deaths, injuries...and in some cases, vandalism. I mean, really? VANDALISM?!
I have a piece of advice from those of you: PLEASE BE CAREFUL! I know you're die-hard fans like myself, but if you're going to catch a Pokemon, do it carefully! Watch some of the older TV shows to s…Read more >
This month marks 8 years since the movie adaptation of Mamma Mia! came out in theaters, but I first saw it on DVD in 2009 when my mom brought home a copy from a friend of hers, and then I bought a copy myself as a gift for my 30th birthday in 2013. Then later for Christmas 2013, I bought the soundtrack for both the movie and the musical, then the 2-Disc Special Edition for my 31st birthday in 2014 (it includes a bonus DVD with more bonus material), and then for Christmas 2014 I bought a copy of a separate Special Bonus Disc with even more bonus material! (Apparently, the movie's great, the bonus material is even better). I'll review the bonus stuff at a later date. Right now, I shall review the movie and the musical from which it is based.
The musi…Read more >
I haven't done a book review yet, but I decided to do one after I read some of the reviews on Amazon (where I bought it).
This book, like most books about game shows in general (i.e. not centered on any one particular show), talks about game shows in general, and appropriately, starts with the history of game shows (I only bought it since I found it interesting...though at the same time you could say I bought it to join in Buzzr's celebration of 75 years of game shows.
It profiles a few shows, and even goes into detail about the quiz show scandals (this was profiled in the 1994 movie "Quiz Show" with the "Twenty-One" scandal). And even better, it even talks about sets and sounds, and even has an appendix of every game show in existence.
I give …Read more >
The last time I made a DVD Game review it was for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which I recently got in the mail.
This time, I'd like to do a DVD Game review for Deal or No Deal. Here goes!
As usual, you got 26 cases holding 26 money amounts all randomized by computer (the show does this by third party). We don't know which amount sits in one case, but we do know that in one case sits $1 million, all the way down to a measly penny.
Despite the cover photo showing a Million Dollar Mission game in progress (if you look closely, $750,000 is replaced by $1M, and in its usual place is $2M), this game is played as if this were just a regular game..no Million Dollar Mission or any other special games. (FYI, for those who kept up with the prime-time sho…Read more >
Seeing as I just got this in the mail, and I just started playing with it, I decided to go ahead and do a review on it.
The game includes, besides the DVD and an instruction manual, 24 game cards: 16 answer cards (for the four choices to each question), 4 lifeline cards, and 4 "Walk Away" cards. This means up to 4 players can play, but you must have a minimum of 2.
The game play mirrors that of Seasons 3-6, with the $25,000 milestone at Question 10, $50,000 at Question 11, and $100,000 at Question 12, with no Switch the Question lifeline as was on the show.
However, there are time limits to answer the questions: 20 seconds for the first 5, 25 for the second 5, and 30 for the final 5.
Now you're thinking, "How the heck did they format this into…Read more >
In the wake of the recent shootings in Orlando, this is where the post's title comes in. You think--"John, people should have the right to do it, right? Isn't this a free country?"
Well, sort of. Remember the proverb of not yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater? See, that's where the part about limits on free speech comes in.
Let me give you some examples of how free speech in a way is limited.
1. Kobe Bryant, 2011--we remember his anti-gay views from the playoffs 5 years ago, when my Dallas Mavericks won the whole thing. But when his LA Lakers were in the playoffs, he began tweeting his anti-gay views, and that got him fined $100,000.
2. Donald Sterling, 2014--We all know this one, because when then-new commissioner Adam Silver condemned those…Read more >
Everyone remembers a decade ago when Deal or No Deal came to the US, which, like Millionaire became an international hit.
Now, everyone also knows that it takes luck, guts, and skill to win big money...and the object is simple: pick a case and hope it contains the big prize.
But that's too easy--so in a series of rounds, you eliminate cases hoping your big prize case still remains in play. Every so often, a mysterious Banker calls the host via telephone and offers you a guaranteed cash prize to sell your case and stop your game and stop you from going home with as much money as possible. Enter the title question, "DEAL OR NO DEAL?"
Eliminate big amounts, offers go down; eliminate small amounts, offers go up. But when it comes to the offers, this …Read more >
There has been quite a buzz on this video.
The reason it's called the "Strangest Jeopardy! Ending Ever", is because the second player had trouble with his electronic pen and/or pad, so he had to use his index card and marker to write down his response.
Because of that, he and the champion were allowed to return the next day.
Some of them were calling him out for cheating because of this. Well, this is where the title of this post comes in:
While we're in the 21st century, and technology has been around for who knows how long, we can't rely on it for our problem-solving and why we need to have back-up plans.
This is an example--when the equipment malfunctions, as the Jeopardy! DVD explains, each player has an index card and a marker to write the…Read more >
You guys thought I was done, right? WRONG. Hopefully, this is the last time I will have to rant about something like this.
In the last post (Part 1, hence Part 2 in this post's title), I talked about how one user called me "butt-hurt" because my opinion was different from his, and I called him out saying as different from me as his opinion was, it was stupid. It sounded stupid, therefore it was stupid.
Now, I'd like to focus on another video of the Joseph vs. Ramsay scenario.
There, the user said he found Ramsay to be a "cowardly bully". And I explained to him, that the way Ramsay does things is so he wants chefs to succeed.
He said, "Yes I do think he's a cowardly bully. He shouts and swears because he's a yob not because he has to.
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I know some of you reading this are looking at the title and saying, "Really, John? Really?" Yes, really.
Recently, I found a video of the infamous fight scene between Joseph and Chef Ramsay from Season 6 of Hell's Kitchen (you know, the one where Joseph was asked "First nominee and why?" and he couldn't even answer that).
One commentator said he hoped Joseph broke Ramsay's nose, and even said he himself would hire Joseph. I said that's the stupidest thing he's ever said, and hiring Joseph would make his future restaurant (and restaurant career) a disaster, finances and customer base going down the drain.
So he got back at me and said, "Why are you so butt-hurt if people have different opinions??"
And I told him (and this is where the post's ti…Read more >
There were a few game shows that had trouble finding and audience. Then came Pumped! with host and quizmater Greg Fitzsimmons.Read more >
Move over, Gene Rayburn! Is Alec Baldwin the next host of Match Game?
ABC viewers guessed this star of former NBC comedy hit 30 Rock, and FremantleMedia North America's got him!
More on the all-new revival of Match Game:
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As many of you know, since its 1999 return to TV, Family Feud has had a TV-PG rating, instead of the TV-G rating of its predecessors (including Dawson 1994).
Then I see comments on the show's YouTube channel suggesting it has become less family-friendly, hence the TV-PG rating. (Most likely due to the questions)
Which begs the question: Has the show become less family-friendly, despite the "Family" in its name? Please share your two cents below. Gameshowguy2000 (talk) 20:22, April 7, 2016 (UTC)Read more >