Watertown, NY- October 8, 2015 WPBS-DT, Watertown’s Public Broadcasting, is pleased to present Whiz Quiz with Glenn Gough for the 2015 season. This year celebrates the 36TH anniversary of Whiz Quiz, the longest running local academic quiz production in the North Country. Whiz Quiz celebrates the academic excellence of high school students from both sides of the border.
Whiz Quiz will host twenty-nine American high schools from Jefferson, Lewis, Franklin and St. Lawrence counties and two Canadian high schools. The competition is a single-elimination format, with members competing in televised matches. The competition will air Monday – Thursday at 7:30pm beginning October 19th and will continue through December with the Championship matches. Each year the American and Canadian Champions meet for the International Championship in an hour-long match that pushes the teams to compete one more time to see who will hold the title of Whiz Quiz International Champions. This match will air December 16th on WPBS-DT.
Tune in to celebrate the achievements of these talented students on Whiz Quiz with host Glenn Gough. All matches will be available for online viewing every Friday at watch.wpbstv.org. For more information about Whiz Quiz, please visit us online at wpbstv.org/whizquiz.
Corporate support for Whiz Quiz is provided by Community Bank N.A., Jefferson-Lewis BOCES, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley, SUNY North Country Consortium, Jefferson Community College and the United States Air Force. Scholarships for the winning teams are provided in part by the United States Air Force, Watertown Noon Rotary Club, Malone Rotary Club, and the Theresa Rotary Club.
About Glenn Gough
As former sports director and announcer at WWNY-TV/AM and host of North Country Sportsman on WWNY-TV, Glenn Gough is a mainstay in North Country’s broadcasting community. He joined WPBS-DT in the fall of 1979 intending to work as a producer. Within months, he became Director of Programming, but still took advantage of opportunities to be involved in production. In 1980, WPBS-DT’s Educational Services department developed the idea for a high school quiz show and Whiz Quiz was born.
As long-time host of Whiz Quiz, some say Glenn is Whiz Quiz. When asked about his many years with the show, Glenn says,
“I enjoy it even at my “advanced” age. Whiz Quiz is a great thing for the station. I was in sports programming and know that athletes tend to get all the attention. This is one show that truly salutes academic performers. Plus I get to meet so many great kids.”
WPBS-TV is a non-profit public television station serving approximately 650,000 households throughout Northern New York and Eastern Ontario. WPBS-TV’s mission is to educate, entertain and inform our two-nation audience through superior local and national content and media engagement in order to enhance the lives of those it serves.