LORAIN COUNTY’S HIGH SCHOOL QUIZ PROGRAM 2016 SERIES BEGINS
The Scholastic Games radio quiz, featuring academic teams from Lorain County high schools, begins a new season of weekly programs on WEOL (AM 930) on Tuesday January 26th with a competition between quiz teams from Lorain’s Clearview and Oberlin High School. In succeeding weeks, fourteen more teams from most of Lorain County’s public and private high schools will compete, leading up to the broadcast’s 26th annual county championship. The program, sponsored by the Educational Service Center of Lorain County with foundation support, will be heard most Tuesday evenings (6:05 to 7 p.m.) with two schools in competition each week. The schedule of broadcasts is below.
Tuesdays, 6:06 p.m. (except when sports games delay the quiz to Tuesday, same time)
TUESDAY 1/26 Clearview vs. Oberlin*
2/2 –Firelands vs. Lake Ridge Acad.*
2/9 Keystone* vs. Brookside
2/16 Elyria Catholic vs. Vermilion*
2/23 North Ridgeville* vs. Lorain
3/1 Olmsted Falls* vs. Avon*
3/8 Amherst Steele* (defending champion) vs. Elyria*
3/15 Avon Lake* vs. Midview*
3/22 to 5/24 – Elimination Playoffs & Championship
*Former championship winners
The program features five rounds of competition, posing questions covering history, science, arts, literature and other academic disciplines. After a warm up round and a series of questions on current events, the rest of the quiz uses buzzers to give the quicker team the first chance to answer. Of five rounds, each has higher scoring possibilities, meaning that competitions can, and sometimes do, see a come-from-behind victory in the final round.
Continuing a 25-year tradition, each participating school will receive a $1000 tuition credit to an area college or university to be awarded to a deserving student from that school. Many additional credits are awarded to schools as they compete and win in playoffs. Contributing institutions include Ashland University, Baldwin-Wallace, Case Western Reserve, Heidelberg, John Carroll, Lorain County Community, Notre Dame College of Ohio, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan, Tiffin University, and Ursuline. Many of these institutions have participated in Scholastic Games broadcasts for a number of years.
The program has been on WEOL radio since 1990, and has been presented on the station for several years by the Elyria Public Library System, where many of the shows are originated. Production of the program is made possible by funding from the Nordson Corporation Foundation, the Nord Family Foundation, the Community West Foundation, and by the Nelson Stud Welding Fund and the Oscar H. Steiner Memorial Fund, the last two administered by the Community Foundation of Lorain County. Programs not originating from the library are recorded at the Elyria Ramada.
Following broadcast, weol.com and standoutscholars.com offer the programs as podcasts. The producer, Jim Mehrling, has been a northeast Ohio broadcaster since the 1970s when he was Chief Announcer at WEOL. After that he has spent over twenty years at Cleveland stations, first WERE-AM, and currently, WCLV-FM, part of Ideastream public broadcasting. He is also a member of the Broadcasters Hall of Fame of Akron and Cleveland. Again this year, most programs will be followed by a talk feature, “Dialogues in Education,” highlighting education success stories and hosted by award-winning journalist Bob Tayek.
BROADCAST ON AM 930 – WEOL
By Jim Mehrling, MEHRLING STUDIOS, 412 GIRARD DRIVE