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Jon "Bowzer" Bauman
Phil Hartman
M.G. Kelly
The Pop N Rocker Game.jpg
Syndication (Weekly): 9/17/1983 – 9/1984
Alan Landsburg Productions
Ron Greenberg Productions
MCA Television


Announcer: "From Los Angeles, California, the music capital of the world, here it comes! The Pop 'N' Rocker Game… A Game in Concert!"

Sponsor: "The Pop 'N' Rocker Game (show) is brought to you (in part) by (insert sponsor), and by (insert sponsor)!"

Announcer: "And now, here's your host, Jon Bauman!"

The Pop 'N' Rocker Game was the short-lived, weekly musical-themed game show (mainly focusing on Rock) that lasted one season. The show's tagline was formerly known as "A Game in Concert".


Three contestants competed in this one-year-old game show focusing on rock music.

Main Game[]

Round 1[]

Five or six pop music trivia questions were asked; some of them having to deal with visual clues (such as pictures or clips from music videos). Each question was worth $50.

Round 2: Countdown Round[]

In this round, the three contestants played a 60-second speed round. Jon read rapid-fire questions and the first player to buzz-in with a correct answer won money. The first question was worth $50, and every question after that was worth $10 more than the previous. If time ran out while Jon was reading a question, he would continue and the contestants were still free to answer.

The player with the most money at the end of this round won the game. If the game ended in a tie, one last question was read to the players who were tied; the player to buzz-in and answer that question correctly won the game. The winner of the game earned the right to play the "Superstar" Round.

Superstar (Bonus Round)[]

In the "Superstar" bonus game, the winning player had 30 seconds to unscramble the names of three bands. Jon would read a clue to each band. If the winning contestant could successfully unscramble the three bands, he/she won a $2,000+ prize package.

Musical Guests[]

On each show, well-known bands or artists came on the show to perform their compositions. The first musical guest(s) performed at the end of the first round, before which he/she/they were the answer to the last question. The second guest(s) was/were the answer to one of the scrambles in the bonus round, and would perform afterwards. Finally, the show would close with the first performer.


Alternate Logos[]

Trade Ads and Tickets[]

Development Presentation[]


Bruce Gary & Berton Averre


ABC Television Center, Los Angeles, CA


Host Jon Bauman would later host another short-lived game show called Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour in the same year for NBC Daytime from 1983 until 1984.


  • New York – WABC
  • Los Angeles – KTLA
  • San Francisco - KGO
  • Pittsburgh - WTAE


Premiere Show


Oingo Boingo visits & performs on The Pop 'N' Rocker Game
The Bangles visits & performs on The Pop 'N' Rocker Game
Irene Cara visits & performs on The Pop 'N' Rocker Game

Motley Crue[]