Saturday, January 20, 2024

Trivia! You're On the Air! 1981-1984


WAIF-FM's late-night once a month Saturday Trivia hosted by Ed Tracy and Mike Hall was one of my very favorite things as soon as I discovered it around 1980! Because our telephone was in my parents' bedroom (they used to be built in, kiddies!), I wasn't able to play until we got a phone with a 25 foot cord installed in early 1981 so I could pull it into my own room and shut the door. I had no clue at the time but according to this 1978 article, it actually began in late 1976! I had missed nearly five years of it!

Once I got involved, though, my "team," Massacre at Central Casting, quickly merged with two other teams, "Little Sisters of the Flaming Shish Kabob" and "Friends of the Feathered Flickers" to form the Not Ready For Drive-Time Players, a supergroup trivia team! As such, we just kept winning! We got so full of ourselves we put out 23 issues (and a couple of specials) of THE NOT READY FOR DRIVE-TME NEWSLETTER (printed monthly at 2 AM on the copy machine of THE KENTUCKY ENQUIRER!).

By then, Mike Schlesinger and station manager David Andrew Dugle had started a SECOND trivia series with essentially the same format, THE GUESSABLE SOLUTION, on alternate Saturday nights.


I forget exactly when the original series ended but after Michael moved to L.A. in late 1981, the second trivia show went through multiple hands, eventually ending up hosted by Chris Barkley on WNOP-AM with yours truly as his sidekick, even though it was only on what turned out to be the show's final episode in 1984! (Not really a bad thing as WNOP was based in a large floating "buoy" on the Ohio River and I got SO sea-sick that night I was there!)

Ah, nostalgia!

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