GPO: Call the Challenge Line

Baz Lurhmann’s Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen, was the inspiration for this parody. Nimbly written by Wildman, Call the Challenge Line captures the very essence of trivia while remaining maniacally devoted to the rhythms of the original song. Captain F. at this time was working for a large public radio network in Washington State which made pre-trivia production of this piece challenging. (Due to the distance between him and MN based Wildman).

Captain F. voiced the script, then had to find similar sounding pre-recorded music to ape the gradual shift in the backing accompaniment. (If only he had the resources of the Shake A Hamster Band) The difficulty came in the editing of the piece as this large public radio network had really lame digital editing software. The intricate layering required to produce this piece had to be improvised on a one-track editor best suited for the mono world of news audio.

The final version was most satisfying; however the whole process left Captain F. exhausted and bogarted any extra time he would have had to produce any sort of INTRO. This year Jo simply had 1999’s 20 Years of Trivia Madness, played again as the lead-in to question one

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