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December 9, 2014

Logos of WTVO-17 and Fox 39 (WQRF)A key component of the “Transform Rockford” movement is a greater emphasis on providing quality education to improve workforce readiness and provide better opportunities for the area’s young citizens.

In that spirit, WTVO-TV Channel17/WQRF Fox 39 has announced that it will launch “Stateline Quiz Bowl by Bergstrom,” a new half-hour local television series that will air exclusively on WTVO-TV/WQRF-TV, beginning Saturday, Jan. 17.

The Stateline Quiz Bowl by Bergstrom is a 21-week, tournament-style educational contest program. It will feature students from 22 local high schools in a test of their knowledge and give them a chance to win valuable scholarships from Northern Illinois University.

WTVO-TV/WQRF-TV created the Stateline Quiz Bowl by Bergstrom academic contest to increase awareness of the importance of education in northern Illinois and to highlight, challenge and reward the community’s best and brightest.

Bergstrom Inc., a Rockford-based global company and leading designer/manufacturer of cab climate systems for commercial trucks, off-highway machines, military and other specialty vehicles, has signed on as the title sponsor of Stateline Quiz Bowl.



“WTVO-TV Channel17 & WQRF Fox 39 are deeply committed to improving our local community,” VP and General Manager Kelly Lattimer said.

“Stateline Quiz Bowl by Bergstrom is one way we can honor and showcase the academic achievements of the next generation of leaders needed to transform our community. The Stateline Quiz Bowl by Bergstrom program is a perfect extension of our Stateline Volunteers and Excellence in Education community-focused initiatives.”

Lattimer also noted that this academically focused program would not be possible without the contributions of Stateline Quiz Bowl by Bergstrom partners Bergstrom Inc. and NIU, both of which see the program as furthering their commitment to improving education in the stateline area.

“Northern Illinois University is delighted to partner with WTVO-TV Channel 17 and WQRF Fox 39 to host the Stateline Quiz Bowl by Bergstrom,” said Rena Cotsones, associate vice president of Engagement and Innovation Partnerships at NIU. “As the region’s public university, we are looking forward to celebrating the academic excellence of area students, many of whom we hope will become future Huskies. It will be great to see the students in action as they compete in the NIU-Rockford auditorium.”

“Education is a cornerstone to a prosperous life,” said Jack Shaffer, president and CEO of Bergstrom Inc.

Bergstrom Inc. logo“Promoting academic success enhances the caliber of our workforce, the affluence of our families, and the overall quality of life throughout the stateline. A thriving business environment, is not just important for Bergstrom Inc., but for all local businesses in greater northern Illinois,” Shaffer added.

“We are honored to be the title sponsor of Stateline Quiz Bowl by Bergstrom. We believe the new local television series will help promote positive change in our community while also encouraging young, talented students to become Rockford’s next generation of successful entrepreneurs.”

Stateline Quiz Bowl will air three times per week: 6:30 p.m. Saturdays on WTVO; 9:30 p.m. Sundays on WQRF and 8:30 a.m. Sundays on MyNetworkTV.