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It's Academic is a televised academic quiz competition for high school students, currently airing on three NBC affiliates in Washington, D.C. (WRC-TV), Charlottesville, Virginia (WVIR), Buffalo, New York (WGRZ-TV), and one CBS affiliate Baltimore, Maryland (WJZ). The show has been on the air since 1961, making it the longest continuously running game show ever. The show was created by Sophie Altman, who still produces the shows in Washington. Mac McGarry has hosted the Washington shows since the beginning. The Baltimore show is currently hosted by David Zahren. The show features three local high school teams of three players each competing for scholarship money. Over the years Giant Food has been the sponsor, over $2,000,000 has been given out for school scholarship funds. Churchill College - Cambridge plays York on University Challenge, a televised quizbowl programme. ... ... WRC-TVs studios and tower (1962) WRC-TV NBC4 is a television station in Washington, D.C. NBC owned and operated, the station broadcasts its analog signal on channel 4 and its digital television signal on channel 48. ... Charlottesville is an independent city located within the confines of Albemarle County in the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States, and named after Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the queen consort of King George III of the United Kingdom. ... WVIR is a television station on UHF Channel 29 based in Charlottesville, Virginia. ... Nickname: Location of Buffalo in New York State Coordinates: , Country State County Erie Government  - Mayor Byron Brown (D) Area  - City 52. ... WGRZ-TV is the NBC affiliate in Buffalo, New York. ... Baltimore redirects here. ... WJZ could refer to: WJZ-TV, a television station broadcasting on analog channel 13 / digital 38 in the Baltimore, Maryland area of the United States. ... Maurice J. (Mac) McGarry (born 15 June 1926) is the current host of the NBC television show Its Academic which airs in Washington, DC on the local NBC affiliate WRC-TV. He has been the host of the show since it started airing in 1961. ...


The single elimination tournament features 81 schools. The winners in each region (Baltimore, D.C. Metro and Virginia) go on to battle each other in the Super Bowl. The record-high score of 935 is held by Centennial High School in Ellicott City, Maryland, achieved in 2000.


It's Academic also aired in Chicago during the late 1960s on WMAQ-TV and was hosted by Ed Grennan. KCBS-TV in Los Angeles aired a similar show titled KidQuiz during the mid 1980s and into early 1990s, hosted by longtime weathercaster Maclovio Perez. The show has been running as Academic Challenge on WEWS in Cleveland since the 1960s. For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... WMAQ redirects here. ... KCBS-TV, or CBS 2 Los Angeles, is the CBS owned and operated television station serving the Los Angeles, California area. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Academic Challenge is a high school version of quizbowl that was aired on WEWS in Cleveland, Ohio from 1964 to 1999 and has been aired again from 2003 to the present. ... WEWS (Channel 5) is the local ABC network affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio. ... Cleveland redirects here. ...

Contents

Format

Each contest is composed of 5 rounds:


Round 1

Toss-up questions, the number of questions varies with the speed of the players.


Round 2

The teams introduce themselves. Each team is asked 8 questions for 10 points each.


Round 3

Toss-up visual round. The monitor displays an image and the host provides a question accompanying the image. 10 points for each correct answer, 10 off for each incorrect answer. 8-10 questions depending on time


Round 4

The captain of each team introduces the sponsors and administrators. 8 questions are given to each team. A 25 point bonus is given if all 8 are correct.


Round 5

Toss-up questions. 20 points are given for correct answers, and 20 points are taken off for incorrect answers. Visual questions are 30 points for correct answers and 30 points off for incorrect answers. The number of questions varies.


End

The show ends when Mac yells his signature phrase to the audience: "Come on down!". The audience then rushes down the stands and approaches the contestants.


Spin-offs

Many teams participating in It's Academic are also active in the Washington region's quiz bowl circuit. Churchill College - Cambridge plays York on University Challenge, a televised quizbowl programme. ...


The show is aired in western Pennsylvania as Hometown High-Q. Hometown High-Q is a high school quiz bowl game show that tapes and broadcasts on KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...


An Australian version of the show aired on Network Ten and the Seven Network from 1968-1975, and was revived by Seven's Perth affiliate in 2001. Seven took the show national in 2005. Its Academic is an Australian childrens game show airing on the Seven Network. ... Network Ten, or Channel Ten, is one of Australias three major commercial television networks. ... The Seven Network is an Australian television network, owned by the Seven Media Group. ...


A Kiwi version was also screened by TVNZ in the 1980s, with Lockwood Smith as the host. Species See text. ... Current TVNZ logo Television New Zealand (TVNZ) is the main broadcaster of television in New Zealand, established in 1980 through the merger of Television One and TV2 (formerly South Pacific Television). ... Dr. Alexander Lockwood Smith (13 November 1948 - ) is a New Zealand politician. ...


A similar format airs in the United Kingdom as University Challenge. It first aired on ITV from 1962-1987 with Bamber Gascoigne, then was re-launched on BBC 1 in 1996 with Jeremy Paxman. University Challenge is a long-running British television quiz show, licensed and produced by Granada Television. ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... Bamber Gascoigne (born 1935) is a British television presenter and author. ... BBC One (or BBC1 as it was formerly styled) is the oldest United Kingdom, and indeed, the world. ... Jeremy Dickson Paxman (born 11 May 1950) is an English BBC journalist, news presenter and author. ...


WNBC-TV in New York aired a local edition of It's Academic from the mid-1960s through about 1971, hosted most of the time by Art James, with Lee Leonard filling in for a year. WNBC-TV, NBC4 is the flagship TV station of the NBC television network, with studios located in Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. ... Art James (October 15, 1929 - March 27, 2004) was best known as the announcer on the classic game show Concentration. ... Lee Leonard (born in New York City on April 3, 1929) is an American television personality who was involved in the launch of two of the most influential networks in TV history. ...


WNBQ in Chicago had a version in the 1960s and 1970s under the "It's Academic" name, hosted by Ed Grennan. WMAQ redirects here. ... Ed Grennan (1922-August 22, 2000) was a staff announcer with WNBQ and WMAQ-TV in Chicago, Illinois. ...


WLWT and WCET in Cincinnati aired a local It's Academic from the late 1960s into the 1980s. WLWT, also known as News 5, is a television station in Cincinnati, Ohio, broadcasting locally on VHF channel 5 as an NBC affiliate. ... WCET can stand for Worst case execution time a computer term. ... Cincinnati, Ohio viewed from the SW, across the Ohio River from Kentucky. ...


A similar competition aired in Columbus, Ohio under the title In The Know. It began in 1966 on WBNS television and later moved to WOSU, a PBS affiliate, where it still airs today. Nickname: Location in the state of Ohio, USA Coordinates: , Country State Counties Franklin, Fairfield, Delaware Government  - Mayor Michael B. Coleman (D) Area  - City 212. ... WBNS can refer to: Callsigns WBNS-TV Columbus (CBS), owned and operated by the Dispatch Broadcast Group WBNS-FM Columbus FM station playing Hot AC. WBNS-AM Columbus AM Sports station. ... WOSU are the call letters for the four stations owned and operated by The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. ...


A version of It's Academic aired on WBEN-TV in Buffalo in the 1960s and 1970s, hosted by sportscaster Van Miller. WIVB-TV is the CBS television affiliate in Buffalo, New York. ... Nickname: Location of Buffalo in New York State Coordinates: , Country State County Erie Government  - Mayor Byron Brown (D) Area  - City 52. ... Van Miller - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


A show using the It's Academic name aired in Richmond, Virginia in the 1970s, but that has been replaced by Battle of the Brains. Battle of the Brains has also replaced a version of It's Academic that aired in Hampton Roads. Nickname: Motto: Sic dic Itur Ad Astra (Thus do we reach the stars) Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor L. Douglas Wilder (I) Area  - City 62. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Battle of the Brains is a quizbowl show in the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas of Virginia. ... This view from space in July 1996 shows portions of each of the Seven Cities of Hampton Roads which generally surround the harbor area of Hampton Roads, which framed by the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel visible to the east (right), the Virginia Peninsula subregion to the north (top), and the...


The World Affairs Council, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State, began hosting an annual It's Academic International event in 2002 whose aim is to promote interest in international affairs and events, also hosted by Mac McGarry. The United States Department of State, often referred to as the State Department, is the Cabinet-level foreign affairs agency of the United States government, equivalent to foreign ministries in other countries. ...


In 2007, the game Brainstorm was introduced to Arizona. It featured 21 teams for its inaugural season.


KPRC, the NBC affiliate in Houston, Texas, had their own version of It's Academic called the Texaco Star Academic Challenge. The show left KPRC and would eventually be retitled The Challenge, airing on one of Houston's public access cable channels. KPRC is a television station based in Houston, Texas, but broadcasts from a transmitter located in Missouri City, Texas. ... Houston redirects here. ...


A revival of It's Academic will begin in April 2008 on Buffalo's WGRZ-TV.


Notable contestants

Notable figures who have competed on It's Academic include:

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Champions

(Note: bold denotes Super Bowl Champions)

Year Winners
1976 Washington: Northwood High School
1981 Washington: Holton-Arms School
1984 Baltimore: Dulaney High School
1985 Baltimore: Wilde Lake High School
1986 Baltimore: Towson High School
1988 Baltimore: Dulaney High School
1989 Baltimore: Dulaney High School
1990 Baltimore: Oakland Mills High School (410)
Washington: Rockville High School (290)
Central Virginia: St. Anne's-Belfield School (280)
1995 Washington: Montgomery Blair High School
1997 Washington: Georgetown Day School
1998 Baltimore: Hammond High School
1999 Washington: Rockville High School
Baltimore: Hammond High School
2000 Baltimore: Howard High School
Washington: Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Central Virginia: Robert E. Lee High School
2001 Washington: Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Baltimore: Howard High School
2002 Baltimore: Howard High School
Washington: Holton-Arms School
2003 Washington: Holton-Arms School
Baltimore: Centennial High School
2004 Baltimore: Howard High School
2005 Washington: Walter Johnson High School
Baltimore: Centennial High School
Central Virginia: Robert E. Lee High School
2006 Washington: Richard Montgomery High School
Baltimore: Hammond High School
Central Virginia: Charlottesville High School
2007 Washington: Walter Johnson High School
Baltimore: Centennial High School
Central Virginia: Robert E. Lee High School

Several high schools are called Northwood High School including: Northwood High School, Irvine, California Northwood High School, Silver Spring, Maryland This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Holton-Arms is a prestigious independent college-preparatory school for girls in grades 3–12 dedicated to the “education not only of the mind, but of the soul and spirit. ... Dulaney High School is a secondary school in Timonium, Baltimore County, Maryland. ... Wilde Lake High School is a secondary school located in Columbia, Marylands Village of Wilde Lake, one of 12 public high schools in Howard County. ... Towson High School is a venerable high school founded in 1873 as the first secondary school in Baltimore County, Maryland. ... Dulaney High School is a secondary school in Timonium, Baltimore County, Maryland. ... Dulaney High School is a secondary school in Timonium, Baltimore County, Maryland. ... For the similarly named school in Millbrae, see Mills High School Oakland Mills High School was established in 1973 as one of the first high schools to service the Columbia, Maryland area. ... Rockville High School may refer to: Rockville High School (Connecticut) - a high school in Vernon, Connecticut Rockville High School (Maryland) - a high school in Rockville, Maryland Categories: | ... St. ... Montgomery Blair High School (most often simply known as Blair) is a public high school located in Silver Spring in unincorporated Montgomery County, Maryland. ... Georgetown Day School is an independent, PreK-12 school in Washington, DC. It is familiarly called GDS, or less frequently Georgetown Day; the high school is sometimes abbreviated GDHS. GDS was founded in 1945 as the first integrated school in the District. ... Hammond High School is a public secondary school located in Columbia, Maryland near the Kings Contrivance Village Center. ... Rockville High School, August 2006 Rockville High School (RHS) is a comprehensive, four-year high school in Rockville, Maryland, United States. ... Hammond High School is a secondary school located in Columbia, Maryland, that was established in 1976. ... External links Official Howard High School website Howard High School profile (PDF) Categories: | | ... Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ERHS) is a high school located in Greenbelt, Maryland and is part of the Prince Georges County School sytem in the USA. It contains roughly 3000 students in grades 9 through 12. ... There are several schools that are named Robert E. Lee High School. ... Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ERHS) is a public magnet high school located in Greenbelt, Maryland and is part of the Prince Georges County Public Schools system in the USA. It contains 2,764 students in grades 9 through 12. ... External links Official Howard High School website Howard High School profile (PDF) Categories: | | ... External links Official Howard High School website Howard High School profile (PDF) Categories: | | ... Holton-Arms is a prestigious independent college-preparatory school for girls in grades 3–12 dedicated to the “education not only of the mind, but of the soul and spirit. ... Holton-Arms is a prestigious independent college-preparatory school for girls in grades 3–12 dedicated to the “education not only of the mind, but of the soul and spirit. ... Centennial is a common name for high schools throughout North America. ... External links Official Howard High School website Howard High School profile (PDF) Categories: | | ... Aerial photograph of WJHS.(during 1st construction) Walter Johnson High School, (WJHS) is located at 6400 Rock Spring Drive in Bethesda, an unincorporated region of Montgomery County, Maryland. ... Centennial High School is a secondary school located in Ellicott City, Maryland which was established in 1977. ... There are several schools that are named Robert E. Lee High School. ... Richard Montgomery High School (#201) is a secondary public school located in Rockville, Maryland. ... Hammond High School is a public secondary school located in Columbia, Maryland near the Kings Contrivance Village Center. ... Charlottesville High School, seen from its baseball field. ... Aerial photograph of WJHS.(during 1st construction) Walter Johnson High School, (WJHS) is located at 6400 Rock Spring Drive in Bethesda, an unincorporated region of Montgomery County, Maryland. ... Centennial is a common name for high schools throughout North America. ... There are several schools that are named Robert E. Lee High School. ...

References

External links

  • http://www.nbc4.com/itsacademic/
  • http://wjz.com/itsacademic

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