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Thousands tune in for radio trivia contest

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STEVENS POINT (AP) - Thousands of people are standing by their radios this weekend, frantically answering trivia questions. It's all part of the world's largest trivia contest put on by a Stevens Point radio station.

The contest kicked off Friday at 6 p.m. It will run until Sunday at midnight.

Organizers say more than 9,000 people are competing.

The trivia host will ask eight questions an hour over the radio.

The answers don't come easy.

"They're really tricky. There's no way I could get them," said Kristina Stoklosa, a UWSP student who is volunteering with the contest.

The challenge is part of the fun.

"There's two people that write the contest. We don't play. And we are unmitigated jerks about letting any information out. We just don't do it," said Jim Oliva, also known as "The Oz," the event's organizer. "Everybody's playing and they know that nobody's getting a break and that's wonderful."

Volunteers answer the phones as teams call in with the answers to the trivia questions. The points for the question will be divided between the teams with the right answer.

Before the competition kicked off, the teams shook out their pre-trivia jitters with a parade through the UWSP campus.

"The teams want to show off their team and their link to the theme this year," said Oliva.

The theme is Trivia on 45, celebrating the music played during the contest.

"The logo this year is that beautiful little insert that was used to hold the 45 into the center of the phonograph," said Oliva.

It's that mix of music and the camaraderie of a community that makes this game of trivia so unique.

"It's a homecoming for people. It's once a year these people get together, said Oliva.

At the end of all this, the top ten teams take home a trophy and some serious bragging rights.

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