Wait, Wait… broadcasts from Beloit College

BELOIT, Wis.—National news junkies and comedy lovers will descend on Beloit, Wis., the second week of October, when the popular weekly National Public Radio news quiz, Wait, Wait—Don’t Tell Me! tapes its broadcast before a live audience in Eaton Chapel on the Beloit College campus. The program will tape from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, and the program will be broadcast on NPR stations the following weekend.

The program is NPR’s weekly hour-long quiz program. Each week, listeners test their knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world, while figuring out what is real news and what is made up. Writer, director and actor Peter Sagal is now in his ninth year as host of Wait, Wait—Don’t Tell Me!. Journalist Carl Kasell is the judge, scorekeeper and announcer for the program. His familiar voice has been delivering the news on NPR’s Morning Edition for most of three decades. The veteran broadcaster provides the top prize on the program: his voice on winners’ home answering machines.

The program is regularly broadcast before sold-out audiences at Chicago’s Chase Auditorium. One show each month is broadcast from a location in another city. Beloit joins the recent lineup of broadcast venues in Winston Salem, N.C.; Boulder, Colo.; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Ann Arbor, Mich. The lineup of celebrity guests for the Beloit taping has not been confirmed yet, but regular participants in the program include authors Roy Blount Jr. and P.J. O’Rourke; commentators Mo Rocca and Tom Bodett; and comedienne Paula Poundstone.

The program, which is a co-production of NPR and Chicago Public Radio, can be heard in this area on both Wisconsin Public Radio and Northern Illinois Public Radio, or on the NPR Web site. Wait, Wait—Don’t Tell Me! is presented by the Beloit College International Performing Arts and Lectures Series. Tickets for the Beloit taping are $20 ($15 for senior citizens) and are on sale. Order tickets by calling the Beloit College box office at (608) 363-2755.

from the Oct. 10, 2007, issue

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