Our guest blogger Ryan Vickers is back again this week, and after touching on TV game shows, French game shows and high school game shows, this week, it’s all about a radio game show!
My Life In Game Shows
Episode 10 – ‘Newshounds’ (radio), 2014.
At this point in my life, I had never done a radio game show. Well, that’s not exactly true – I hosted a game show on my campus radio station in Newfoundland, Canada called Brain Freeze – but that’s a story for another day.
As luck would have it, CBC Radio (our national public broadcaster) put out the call for Toronto-area contestants to be part of a summer show called Newshounds in 2014. It would require contestants to answer questions about the headlines of the week, as well as other aspects of the news. I figured that it was a new show so… why not?
PRO TIP: Find out everything you can about a new show; in the early days they can’t afford to be picky about contestants because the pool tends to be smaller. I found out that it had a news and current affairs focus and made sure to tailor my application towards that.
Imagine my surprise when I was selected to be on the premiere episode! Thankfully I was able to arrange my attendance at the taping through some creative scheduling. The show’s format required you to be knowledgeable in all facets of the news. So I hunkered down and studied.
PRO TIP: As I’ve mentioned previously, use your resources. As the show was airing on CBC I made sure to do thorough studying of the news articles on their site, but also went on other sites like our national newspapers, entertainment sites and sport sites. Since there was also a “features” round I did more studying in major events around the world.
And HERE’s that premiere episode!
In the end, the studying paid off! The questions were definitely in my wheelhouse that day, and my knowledge base of the FIFA World Cup came in extra handy. I made sure to have fun with it and leave a great impression on the production staff so that hopefully I would see them again.
And as it turned out, there was a champions’ episode planned for the end of the season and I was invited back, to be part of it! I was thrilled beyond belief.
PRO TIP: If you’re lucky enough to be invited back to a championship match or tournament, make sure to step it up a notch. Be aware of how the show works, and if you can, study old championship episodes to see the level of difficulty presented.
And here it is – that Newshounds finale!
So what did I learn from the whole Newshounds experience? Be aware of your surroundings, be aware of your world… and be aware of that dreaded buzzer!
PRO TIP: If you’re going to be on a show that uses a buzzer, find a buzzer set to practice on. Even if it’s a ballpoint clicker pen or a hotel call bell, practice that buzzer.
In the next instalment of My Life In Game Shows, a slice of true Americana, where I get to “come on down”…
Thanks Ryan, and although Newshounds dealt specifically with current affairs, I do believe it’s really important for every aspiring quiz show contestant to be keeping up to date with the day’s news as a matter of course. If you’re serious about quizzing, there’s no excuse for not “consuming” some news each and every single day. It doesn’t matter whether it’s via newspaper, TV, radio, Facebook… whatever! It is absolutely essential to stay on touch with world events. After all, today’s headlines are often tomorrow’s quiz questions. And your daily reading will also have the very pleasant side effect of making you a more well-informed, interesting person. A win-win, really!