Each News Channel 3 Knowledge Bowl Season rings with excitement as highly-motivated high achievers face off in an academic quiz-fest which annually offers the biggest scholarships of any high school quiz contest in the nation.
The News Channel 3 Knowledge Bowl premieres each October. In a Jeopardy-like setting, Knowledge Bowl host Jim Jaggers moves between two teams of four players each. Jim tosses out a mixture of curriculum-based and everyday life trivia questions about science, literature, history, math, geography, music, art, and current events.
Knowledge Bowl has awarded scholarships and bonds exceeding more than $3.8 million… for more than 25 seasons! The 31-week televised contest encourages learning, supports local education, gives positive recognition for schools and students, and rewards academic excellence. This is made possible by a distinguished group of corporate partners: The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, AutoNation Ford, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, McDonald’s, and The University of Memphis!
Knowledge Bowl features 32 Mid-South high schools in the WREG News Channel 3 viewing area in five rounds of single-elimination competition. Games are pre-recorded on weeknights and air from October through May. The Knowledge Bowl game is played in three parts: two, seven-minute segments with ten point toss-up questions followed by a lightning four minute round of current event questions. As in business, the team with the most points at the end of a game wins! Our off-camera judge, Dr. Richard R. Ranta, retired dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at the University of Memphis, rules on the validity of challenged answers and questions.
WREG News Channel 3 Meteorologist Jim Jaggers is the host of Knowledge Bowl. Jim has been forecasting the weather in Memphis since 1977. Jim accepted the position of host as a way of realizing his dream of hosting a game show.
WREG-TV broadcasts the half-hour contest weekly on Saturday mornings during the school year.
The competition is a proven winner for students, schools, and corporate partners.