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KUMD Participates in Statewide Trivia Contest

This year's trivia contest theme is Superheroes of Trivia.

In the depths of winter, monotony strikes. KUMD has a method for shaking off the monotony of Duluth winter life: 50 hours of trivia. Friday, Feb. 11 at 5 pm marks the start of KUMD’s Superheroes of Trivia Contest.

The contest runs until 7 pm on Sunday, Feb. 13. The registration deadline for the contest is 3 pm on Friday, Feb. 11. Registration for a team is $45, and each team can have an unlimited amount of members. KUMD will donate 25 percent of their proceeds from the trivia contest registration fees to the UMD Office of Cultural Diversity.

KUMD’s sister station, KVSC 88.1 FM from St. Cloud State University (SCSU), created the weekend-long trivia contest in 1980 to “alleviate Minnesota’s infamous cabin fever.” This is KUMD's first time participating in the contest.

"Our station manager was contacted by KVSC to see if we were interested in participating. We knew how much people loved trivia at UMD," said Ira "Mimmu" Salmela, development officer for KUMD. "It gives students, faculty, staff, and community members something exciting to do and helps promote KUMD."

KUMD Volunteers
UMD students Joe Iannazzo (left) and Grace Sell are both volunteer for KUMD's show, The Basement, and will be participating in the Superheroes of Trivia contest.

At the start of the contest, only 25 teams from SCSU participated, but now the contest has evolved and college communities across Minnesota participate via Internet and phone hotlines. Last year, 67 teams participated, eight of which were outside of Minnesota.

Each year, KVSC recruits volunteers to work the phone banks and local businesses in St. Cloud to sponsor and fund food and prize donations. The contest intends to have over 30 phone lines open for the Trivia Hotline. The trivia contest will also be broadcast live on local cable channels in the St. Cloud area and via web-streaming.

"We saw this as a great opportunity to get UMD faculty, staff, and students involved," Salmela said. "We are hoping that different departments will challenge and compete with one another."

The trivia questions are designed to be difficult. Many of the questions are obscure and will require more than Google to get the answers to them. "Participants of the trivia contest have to do some research," Salmela said. "The cool thing is that trivia teams can use UMD Library materials to find some of the answers."

The trivia contest is being covered across Minnesota at various college campuses.

Throughout the weekend, questions will be broadcast on KUMD. To submit their answers, each trivia team calls the Trivia Hotline in the allotted time frame per question. Teams can continue guessing as long as the question is still open. The team with the most points at the end of the contest at 7 pm on Sunday, Feb. 13 wins.

The trivia contest culminates with an awards ceremony at 8 pm on Sunday, Feb. 13 at SCSU. The winner receives the Minnesota Masters of Trivia Traveling Trophy with their team name inscribed in the trophy, which travels across Minnesota depending on who wins the tournament. The winner at UMD will be awarded a special prize pack from KUMD including Duluth restaurant and business certificates, one business is UMD Stores. The top three teams will win additional prizes from KVSC.

This year’s Superhero of Trivia Contest has an interesting twist added to it: a costume contest. Trivia teams and volunteers are encouraged to dress up in their superhero best. Pictures of the participants will be posted on KVSC’s Facebook page where people can vote on their favorite costumes. Prizes will be given out to best team, individual, and volunteer costume.

If KUMD sees a high volume of particpants, they plan on continuing this contest for many years. "We hope to have the contest grow even bigger and bigger every year," Salmela said.

For more information, visit KUMD.

Written by Mandee Kuglin and Fatima Jawaid


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