Who’s ready to buzz in? The Bergstrom Stateline Quiz Bowl is back, bigger and better than ever.
Rockford’s popular half-hour television show kicks off its 31-week-run at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, on WTVO Channel 17 and at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, on WQRF FOX 39.
It also airs at 8:30 a.m. Sundays on MyNetworkTV-17.2.
Eyewitness News anchor Nick Toma will again serve as the show’s host. This year, he’ll be testing the knowledge of students from 32 local high schools, an increase from the 22 that competed during the inaugural season.
The season premiere of the Bergstrom Stateline Quiz Bowl features Season One champion Auburn High School and Dixon High School competing for the chance to win tens-of-thousands of dollars in scholarships to Northern Illinois University.
WTVO/WQRF created the Bergstrom Stateline Quiz Bowl to increase awareness of the importance of education in Northern Illinois and to highlight, challenge and reward the community’s best and brightest students.
“The show exceeded my every expectation,” says Kelly Lattimer, VP/general manager of WQRF-TV, which provides services to WTVO-17 and produced the program.
“From the start, we had wanted to create something that had mass and community-wide appeal. Based on positive feedback from the community and TV ratings, I feel we are accomplishing that. As a local broadcaster serving the community it’s the kind of show we should be doing. It just makes for great TV for our local viewers and it puts the spotlight on continued improvement in education.”
Lattimer adds that the show would not be possible without the continued support from partners Bergstrom Inc. and NIU as well as other sponsors committed to improving educational opportunities for students in the stateline area.
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 signed on as the title sponsor of the Bergstrom Stateline Quiz Bowl prior to the first season and is excited about the future of the show.