'Scholars' Bowl' returns in January for 35th season on E. Tennessee PBS

Posted 12/20/18

KNOXVILLE — The 35th season of the popular academic TV competition "Scholars' Bowl" returns to East Tennessee PBS beginning Monday, Jan. 7. East Tennessee PBS Scholars' Bowl is a longstanding tradition in which high school students from around East Tennessee (and, for the first time, Kentucky – Middlesboro and Whitley County) will showcase their academic knowledge in a series of single-elimination round trivia matches. 

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'Scholars' Bowl' returns in January for 35th season on E. Tennessee PBS

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KNOXVILLE — The 35th season of the popular academic TV competition "Scholars' Bowl" returns to East Tennessee PBS beginning Monday, Jan. 7. East Tennessee PBS Scholars' Bowl is a longstanding tradition in which high school students from around East Tennessee (and, for the first time, Kentucky – Middlesboro and Whitley County) will showcase their academic knowledge in a series of single-elimination round trivia matches. 

The show is hosted by Frank Murphy of Classic Hits 93.1 WNOX and written and produced by the network's Mathline's Ernie Roberts. It will feature 59 teams of students competing against each other in matchups airing daily on East Tennessee PBS. New episodes will premiere on PBS every weekday at 5:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 7 and going through March 27.

Acting as executive producer, Roberts says he faced challenges in organizing the event. After  Frank Miller, longtime producer and founder of the show, passed away three years ago, Roberts took on the role of producer, organizing brackets with schools across the region and writing the more than 4,000 questions asked this season. Questions come from across a wide range of categories, including math, science, the arts, history and current events. 

This year's edition of "Scholars' Bowl" is sponsored by Lincoln Memorial University, Pellissippi State Community College and the Knoxville News Sentinel. The show is created and produced by East Tennessee PBS and has grown in popularity through the years. This year, some schools submitted two or even three teams for competition.

The East Tennessee PBS studio is home to our "Scholars' Bowl" set, where shows were taped in late 2018. Even though the winner has already been determined, Roberts prefers to let that be a surprise for viewers. The winning school will ultimately receive $1,000 and the “Frank Miller Memorial Trophy” in honor of the game’s founder, with an additional cash prize for the team's coach. The second place team will receive a prize of $500.

The “Fortuitous Four” competitions, featuring the final four remaining schools, will premiere on March 25, with reruns to follow.

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