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WKAR Announces Final Season for QuizBusters

Portrait: Matt Ottinger
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Matt Ottinger Producer and Host of QuizBusters from WKAR

Celebrating mid-Michigan’s long running high school game show with season full of surprises.

EAST LANSING, MI – WKAR announced that its long running high school game show, QuizBusters, will return for one final season this fall.

The award-winning original series first aired on the public television station from Michigan State University in 1989. Host Matt Ottinger has been with the series from the very start as its host and producer.

"Throughout this final season, we'll be celebrating Matt and all of the players who appeared on the show through the years," said Susi Elkins, WKAR general manager and director of broadcasting at MSU. "We've got some special episodes planned, with some surprises, and plenty of chances for the community to join in the fun as QuizBusters wraps up this amazing run of 29 seasons.”

As many as 100 different school districts, including home school groups, have sent teams to compete on the quiz show.

“I have been humbled by the outpouring of support and words of kindness from viewers and, especially, my former contestants,” said Ottinger. “While we have fun playing the game in the studio, we don't always see the greater impact in the community, and the memories we are creating for the students.”

Students on the top team in each division win $5,000 tuition scholarships to MSU, made available by Office of Admissions. The Grand Champion team receives five one-year textbook scholarships provided by the Student Book Store. The QuizBusters series is also generously supported by Consumers Energy.

The final and 29th season of QuizBusters will begin October 7 and continue through the final Grand Championship Series airing in Spring 2018.

WKAR is committed to education and recently launched WKAR Family, an initiative powered by MSU and focused on applying the knowledge from cutting edge research directly to the lives of families. The initiative also includes the station’s commitment to students and teachers in mid-Michigan and a 24/7 PBS KIDS channel that includes multimedia services.

WKAR Public Media is part of Michigan State University's College of Communication Arts and Sciences. WKAR provides mid-Michigan and the global community with award-winning original programming and the best from PBS and NPR via television channels WKAR-HD, WKAR World, WKAR Create and WKAR PBS Kids; and radio broadcasts at 90.5 FM, 94.5 FM, AM 870 and WKAR Radio Reading Service. At wkar.org and video.wkar.org, the stations offer live audio streaming, plus local news features, TV original full episodes and the best from NPR and PBS on-demand. WKAR Public Media provides additional community outreach with WKAR Family, WKAR Ready to Learn Service and PBS LearningMedia.

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