It’s all fun and games during this year’s Trivia Weekend

KVSC’s 42nd Trivia Weekend will be centered on fun and games–literally. Photo courtesy of kvsc.org.

KVSC, St. Cloud State University’s radio station, will be hosting their annual Trivia Weekend Feb. 12-14, 2021. This year’s theme will have participants reminiscing of their childhood; the theme is “Trivia at Play”. Questions during the Trivia Weekend will focus on “games and toys of the past and present”, according to a Media Release from KVSC.

“Each year KVSC determines a Trivia Weekend theme through a somewhat democratic process,” wrote Jo McMullen-Boyer, KVSC Station Manager. “We maintain a super-secret list of ideas internally, we ask for team and volunteer ideas on social media (a ton of ideas are presented) and we review the ideas for the next year each summer. Ultimately, KVSC’s management and student leadership make the final theme decision. . . . Approximately 25% of the questions asked are theme related in the contest, the rest are music, sports, history, audio, visual, pop culture, etc.”

In past years, the Trivia Weekend would run for 50 straight hours, this year’s competition will last only 33 hours. In addition, this change in time will also allow teams to rest and get some sleep in between rounds.

“We will have many radio hosts live on the air from remote locations in the Midwest, keeping the studio traffic at a low level,” wrote McMullen-Boyer. “We have cleaning and social distance protocols well in place. So, a combination of remote telephone hotline volunteers, remote hosts, and decreasing the contest from 50 hours to 33 to allow for overnight rest are the biggest changes.”

Running an event of this size takes assistance from all across campus. UTVS, St. Cloud State University’s TV station, will be assisting this year’s Trivia Weekend by providing live coverage.

“We have partnered with HuskyTech at SCSU to create an online portal for teams to register for Trivia Weekend, versus coming to the radio station,” wrote McMullen-Boyer. “We owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to Bob Lessinger at HuskyTech/Computer Store for his energy and support of this concept!”

All of the volunteers this year will be working remotely this year. Those who are interested in volunteering can visit KVSC’s website.

Teams who still want to participate in this year’s event can register through 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12. The media release shared that registration is “free for high school and area college teams to compete, and $50 for community-based teams.” Teams can register online, in person at HuskyTech, or mailing in their registration.

As of Jan. 30, there were 40 teams registered to compete, including “Stefan’s Dream” who won the contest last year.

The Trivia Weekend will conclude with a virtual award ceremony at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14 via Zoom.

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Anna Panek

Anna is a junior at St. Cloud State University and is double majoring in Math Education and Spanish Education, with a minor in Special Education. She is the Managing Editor for the University Chronicle this year. When she is not at campus attending class, working as a learning assistant or math tutor, or writing for the University Chronicle, she enjoys volunteering, reading, being overly competitive at board games, and telling horribly funny puns.

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