Audiences may listen to the contest at 89.9 FM or online at www.90fm.org.
“Every year I get about a dozen themes because my head is always exploding with ideas,” said Jim “The Oz” Oliva, who co-writes the questions and creates the theme every year.
“So I was listening to a lot of music over the summer and I came across the old hits on 45 (rpm records). I was listening to it and I was like, ‘Of course, it’s trivia on 45!’”
Oliva said 45s had a major influence on the music industry and that music would not be where it is today if it had not been for the 45. At the time 45s were introduced, everything was 78 (rpm) albums, which were large and bulky.
“The 45 came out and it was this little seven-inch thing that you could buy for 47 cents,” said Oliva. “They were cheap to produce. So it was really cool, you could get a record made cheaply and become an overnight sensation.”
The contest will last for 54 hours and there will be eight questions each hour. Teams will have the duration of two songs to find the answer and respond to the question. Each team will have one chance to answer each question.
“Trivia is basically built on nostalgia and things you grew up with,” Oliva said. “Most people grew up watching television and reading comic books, or watching movies, or listening to music, so we try and cover that media.”
Oliva said there have been times when people tried to say the contest should feature more academically orientated questions.
“Students work all year on their academics, they need some play time,” Oliva said. “That is what it is intended to be, play time for students, play time for kids, and all trivia players are in that group.”
With the availability of information on the Internet, Oliva said in past years he has tried to write questions that cannot be easily answered by doing a simple Google search.
“I used to do that but now I kind of don’t care,” Oliva said. “If it’s a good question, I don’t care. If you can find the answer by Googling it, good for you, if you can’t then you lose, pow, pow, pow.”
Oliva said he finds inspiration for writing the questions everywhere.
“It’s probably 100-percent plagiarism because, when you see something in a sitcom or in a series and you say, ‘Wow, that’s really cool,’ the writer already did that, they’ve done the work, and I just take and amplify it and put it into a question,” Oliva said.
The Trivia contest has been running annually since 1969. Students who help run the station year-round also help with trivia weekend.
“Because this thing is about the students, we want the students to feel like they are part of this station; that is really important,” Oliva said. “I think that this organization and this place and this contest is about education. If there are students here at the station, they need to be educated about the music, how to run the board, how to be a good DJ. That is education. It’s not something you get in a classroom, it’s something that is self-generated, self-motivated.”
Registration will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 7, through Thursday, April 10, and from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the 90FM studios, on Reserve Street, Stevens Point.
Registration is $30 per team. Teams of any size may register and only one representative from each team must be present to register. Web-based registration is available for those out of town playing through streaming audio. For more information, go to www.90fmtrivia.org or www.90fm.org.
Trophies for first through 10th place are donated by Point Trophy. Each of the teams will be sent a certificate acknowledging their team name, place in the contest and point total after the contest.
The annual Trivia Kick-off Parade begins at 4 p.m. Friday, April 11, in University Lot Q at Michigan Avenue and Illinois Avenue. It continues on Maria Drive, Isadore and Portage streets to College Avenue, Reserve, High and Fremont streets to Sims Avenue, ending at P.J. Jacobs Junior High School.
The Trivia Kickoff Movie will play at Rodgers Cinema at midnight Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5. Doors open at 11:15 p.m. It will also play at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5.
“It’s time to gather around the radio,” said The Oz. “Let’s play trivia, Fast Ed. And I will leave that up to you to figure out who Fast Ed is.”