89.7 WKSU and 90.3 WCPN Ideastream® Present NPR’s Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me!
Northeast Ohio will find humor in the news as 89.7 WKSU and 90.3 WCPN ideastream team up to present NPR’s popular news quiz show Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! live in Cleveland on Thursday, June 28. The event takes place at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre and audience members must be in their seats by 7 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased from the PlayhouseSquare box office by calling 216-241-6000 or 866-546-1353 or online atwww.playhousesquare.org. The live presentation will be taped and edited for broadcast on NPR stations nationwide the weekend of June 30 and July 1. WKSU airs the program Saturdays at 11 a.m. and it is heard on 90.3 WCPN at 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Now in its 14th season, Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! uses headline stories from across the country and around the world as the fodder for questions for the Peabody award-winning comedy news quiz. Host Peter Sagal, along with official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell, welcomes a rotating panel of comedians, humorists and journalists who are keen on piling up winning points in the most laugh-out-loud way possible. At home listeners compete as well – anxious to earn the coveted prize of Kasell’s voice on their home answering machine or voicemail.
Each week, Sagal quizzes panelists and listeners on their knowledge of current events, offering fill-in-the-blank limericks, the challenge of selecting a true story from three unlikely options and the winner-take-all lightening round. One of the most-beloved segments, Who’s Carl This Time?, allows veteran broadcaster Kasell to throw off his mantle of “serious journalist” by impersonating the week’s newsmakers and having listeners guess his assumed identity. The show’s popular Not My Job feature invites a guest celebrity to answer questions on a subject completely out of the realm of his or her expertise. The three panelists and the Not My Job celebrity contestant will be announced at a later date.
Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! is a co-production of NPR and Chicago Public Radio. With a weekly national audience of 3.2 million people, the show ranks second to only Car Talk on a list of NPR’s most highly rated weekend programming. This is the second time Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! will be live in Northeast Ohio. WKSU presented the program at the Akron Civic Theatre in 2003.
Ideastream is a public service, multiple-media organization with a mission to strengthen its communities by providing distinctive, thought-provoking programs and services that enlighten, inspire, educate and entertain.
WKSU broadcasts NPR and classical music at 89.7 FM, and is a service of Kent State University. WKSU programming is also heard on 89.3 WKRW in Wooster, 91.5 WKRJ in New Philadelphia, 89.1 WKSV in Thompson, 90.7 WNRK in Norwalk and 95.7 W239AZ in Ashland. The station broadcasts four HD-radio channels: WKSU-1, WKSU-2 Folk Alley, WKSU-3 The Classical Channel and WKSU-4 The News Channel.
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