This coming weekend, I’ll participate in The World’s Largest Trivia ContestTM. As per tradition, this week is filled with idle reminiscing about memorable answers in past years. Or rather, in past year. Every one of these answers figured in the 2016 edition of the contest.


There are times when participating in the The World’s Largest Trivia ContestTM may call upon an individual to consume media they might otherwise avoid — or perhaps to which they’d be entirely oblivious. Those ventures might include the woolier reaches of television scheduled pitched at those craving entertainment after a hard week of middle school. Usually, I’ve personally approached those program options with only glancing attention. There is an exception, though — a program that I have watched with uncommon devotion. I am prepared to confess that I have seen every last second of Liv and Maddie.

Why would I tune in religiously to exploits of twins Olivia and Madison Rooney, both played by Dove Cameron? The answer is simple: it is improbably set in Steven Point, Wisconsin, the small, Midwestern college town that is home of the radio station and Trivia. Surely, this show was destined to have questions asked from it.

For many years during its recently-completed four season run, Liv and Maddie did not feature in the contest, to my aching frustration. And yet I kept watching, dutifully recording information and becoming far more well-versed in the romantic travails of these young women who are sisters by chance but friends by choice, as well as the misfit adventures of the entire Rooney clan.

The drought ended last year, as my extensive Liv and Maddie learning finally came into play. I’m hardly the only Trivia player to figure out that the Disney Channel program required attention, so there were not rafts of points to be had for noting that it was the North Oconomowoc Ocelots who were defeated by the Ridgewood High girls basketball team in the Wisconsin state championships. It didn’t matter. No matter the value of the question, asked late in the fifty-four-hour contest, it was a glorious moment. And the triumph was, as the song says, better in stereo.


More info about 90FM’s Trivia can be found at its official website or at the radio station’s online home. There’s also a feature documentary about the contest, but it’s fairly hard to come by these days. To see how my team is faring over the weekend, Twitter is probably the best bet.

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