KVSC Presents TSPN: Trivia Sports Playing Network 2014
01/31/2014 - 10:00 AM
The 35th annual Trivia Weekend presented by KVSC 88.1FM takes place Feb. 7-9. Each year, a different theme is chosen to pay homage to popular cultural phenomena. “TSPN: Trivia Sports Playing Network” was chosen to bring out the fiercest trivia athletes. Coinciding with the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia; the theme will enunciate athletic culture, sports and recreation.
Each year, the on-campus radio station at St. Cloud State University hosts the 50-hour marathon of trivia questions asked to teams listening on the radio and Internet. With a broad range of questions on pop culture, science, history and more, KVSC’s Trivia Weekend is a staple in Central Minnesota.
“This year’s trivia theme is perfect for an Olympic year—a way for us to tip our hat to athletes and those who love sports,” said Jo McMullen-Boyer, Station Manager of KVSC 88.1FM. “We’re discovering there’s a great deal of Minnesota ties not only to the Olympics but a wealth of facts about well known and off the beaten path sports.”
The rich history of KVSC’s Trivia Weekend began in 1980 as an event put on by KVSC and the SCSU Residence Hall Association as a way to alleviate Minnesota’s cabin fever. That year, a staff of 14 answered calls on four phone lines from 25 teams.
In 2013, KVSC required hundreds of volunteers to staff the 32 trivia hotlines and 62 teams participated in the three-day contest. With the growth of Trivia Weekend volunteers have become very important in making the event possible. Around 40 volunteers are needed to operate the contest for each of the 50 hours.
“The contest has grown in a many different ways. The number of volunteers has more than doubled, allowing KVSC to present a very responsive contest for our competitors with increased interaction with the phone hotline volunteers. The scoring program was digitized in 2009 with a custom developed software program,” McMullen-Boyer said. “All in all, Trivia Weekend has matured and grown in its impact—something one would expect of a 35-year-old.”
“I’m enjoying the trivia teams that are modifying their team names to fit KVSC’s theme,” McMullen-Boyer said. “Team names I’ve chuckled at include: Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle... Costanza, The Athletic Supporters and GBCRE No Doping. I also hope to see a lot of our volunteers taking the sports theme to heart—I wouldn’t mind seeing a lot of classic track-suits for 50 hours.”
Concluding the 50-hour contest is an awards ceremony in Ritsche Auditorium at SCSU. The winning team receives the coveted Minnesota Masters of Trivia Traveling Trophy. The golden urn (trophy) shows the names of the winning teams over the past 34 years.
Following the awards ceremony, the exhausted contestants and volunteers head to the Red Carpet Nightclub in downtown St. Cloud to celebrate surviving another Trivia Weekend. The Shake A Hamster Band takes the stage and performs their new theme-based numbers as well as some of the favorites from previous years.
Starting a Trivia Team for the first time? Creating an effective team can be a lot of hard work and McMullen-Boyer offers up advice to first-timers: “Assign teammates responsibilities. One or two people calling in and tracking guesses, the others searching for answers. Every guess matters and can lead you to a possible answer,” McMullen-Boyer said.
“Take breaks (including a few hours sleep as needed) because you become a liability if you try to keep going past 24 hours. Have a few healthy snacks and water available. Create a resting space for team members to be left undisturbed. Shower. Group think the questions—use the question to help form the search and CALL sources (people) politely for answers.”
KVSC encourages trivia enthusiasts from all over to pull together friends and family members to create a team or to consider becoming a phone bank volunteer for the weekend. The entire contest is also streamed live online. For information on registration and volunteering, visit www.kvsc.org.
KVSC Debuts St. Cloud Somali Radio
03/25/2013 - 9:00 AM
KVSC 88.1 FM has launched a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week webstream radio station dedicated to the Central Minnesotan Somali Community. Dubbed St. Cloud Somali Radio; this online radio station is housed in the KVSC studios on the campus of St. Cloud State University and funded by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy fund.
“The idea for St. Cloud Somali Radio started in the last two years,” said Jo McMullen-Boyer, KVSC 88.1 FM Station Manager. “After learning more about the rapidly growing immigrant population of Somali in Central Minnesota; it became clear there were very few artistic and creative outlets to learn more about Somali culture, customs, news and music.”
There are approximately 8,000 Somali immigrants living in St. Cloud and surrounding communities. St. Cloud Somali Radio aims to serve as the cultural and heritage hub of Somali music, feature programming and important cultural lessons including bi-lingual language translation for the region.
SCSU alumnus Ben Prchal was hired in September of 2012 as the Program and Training Coordinator of St. Cloud Somali Radio. Prchal has taken charge of the project by reaching out to the Somali community to create programming and assist with the technical programming to launch the online radio station.
“We are primarily using groups in the St. Cloud area as methods of outreach as we approach the launch of St. Cloud Somali Radio,” Prchal said. “Specifically, we have been in communication with the St. Cloud Somali Salvation Organization (SASSO), the Islamic Center of St. Cloud (ICSC), and the Somali Student Association at SCSU. As we ramp up to the launch, we will be working to spread the word about the station and share what we’ve spent our time building here.”
Once the station launches, St. Cloud Somali Radio will be increasing their efforts to recruit volunteers to create programming that will cater to the Central Minnesotan Somali Community.
Abubaker Kulletin, also known as Haji, started working with St. Cloud Somali Radio in early 2013 as a Project Developer. He met with Prchal and was interested in seeing the project become fully integrated into the Central Minnesotan Somali Community.
“We will work to bring people together,” Kulletin said. “Somalis can introduce themselves to the local population, and easily integrate; becoming a larger part of the communities in Central Minnesota.”
St. Cloud Somali Radio is accessible at www.kvsc.org/somaliradio and via a link from the kvsc.org home page. KVSC 88.1 FM, the voice of St. Cloud since 1967, is an educational public radio station licensed to St. Cloud State University. KVSC follows a commercial-free alternative music format and provides award-winning news coverage and community events.
KVSC 88.1FM Students Bring Home Midwest Journalism Conference Awards
03/24/2013 - 9:00 AM
Students and alumni from KVSC 88.1FM have won six first-place Associated Press awards along with five honorable mentions; they have also been nominated for four Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence awards. The KVSC 88.1FM students and alumni will collect their awards at the Midwest Journalism Conference April 12-13 in Bloomington, Minn.
KVSC’s News Director, Amelia Rowland, is the recipient of three of the Associated Press awards alone. “We did well in various aspects of the awards,” Rowland said. “Our staff works very hard throughout the year and to be recognized for our hard work is exciting. Not only was the News Department recognized, but our Sports Department was recognized as well.”
KVSC provides St. Cloud State University students the opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to live broadcasts and feature stories.
KVSC is a student-run educational and community radio station on the SCSU campus, and competes in the Minnesota Associated Press radio class one category designed for stations with one or zero full-time newsroom employees. KVSC broadcasts eight weekday newscasts and more than 75 SCSU sporting events throughout the academic year.
“Being News Director has taught me to be prepared for anything and everything,” Rowland said. “There have been multiple events over the course of my work that have taught me a lot about being a journalist. Whether it’s waiting five hours to listen to former President Bill Clinton speak on campus, or covering the death of a fallen officer, I believe these experiences have shaped me as a person and as a journalist.”
The Minnesota Associated Press Broadcasters Contest takes place annually with awards given to broadcasts from the previous year. The Midwest Journalism Conference plays host to the Minnesota AP Awards and is one of the largest regional journalism conferences in the country, attracting hundreds of journalists from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.
Happy birthday to us
05/07/2012 - 11:00 AM
St. Cloud, Minn. – St. Cloud State University’s public radio station, KVSC 88.1 FM will celebrate 45 years on the air May 10. The station first signed on May 10, 1967. At that time the station was limited to a 10-watt signal, which covered a radius of about five miles. Its original dial position was 88.5 FM. The switch to 88.1 FM came Feb. 8, 1983. The call letters KVSC were chosen as an acronym for the “Voice of St. Cloud.”
Today, the station broadcasts on 88.1 FM at a power of 16,500 watts (since Sept. 24, 1992) and reaches about 70 miles. KVSC-FM offers a blend of progressive rock, jazz, folk, reggae, world, blues, Minnesota music, educational programming like Minnesota History in 90 Seconds and Earth and Sky, eight daily newscasts and much more.
In the past year the station has taken home nine Associated Press Awards and a Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence award.
The station celebrated its 20th year of Monday Night Live, a show that invites local musicians to perform live on the radio. The show is simulcast with video on UTVS Charter channel 21. On April 23, Monday Night Live went “on the road” as Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps performed for a live audience at the Pioneer Place on Fifth (in addition to the radio and TV broadcasts). Additionally, the station held a show starring Minneapolis-based hip-hop collective Doomtree April 26.
KVSC held its 33rd annual 50-hour trivia marathon Feb. 10-12. This year’s theme was “Trivia Long Play 33 1/3, to reference the contest’s 33rd year and also the fact that the station still plays vinyl records.
Other milestones in KVSC’s history include:
1978 – Began broadcasting in stereo
Feb. 5, 1980 – The debut of Trivia Weekend
Feb. 8, 1983 – Moved to 88.1 FM and increased power to 5,200 watts
Feb. 1991 – 3,000 community members sign a petition to save the station from the threat of university budget cuts
1995 – KVSC.org is launched
1999 – KVSC begins streaming live on the Internet
Sept. 2008 – KVSC receives its first grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
July 2009 – First broadcast live from an international locale (the Winnipeg Film Festival)
August 2009 – KVSC receives its first Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Grant from the state of Minnesota.
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