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Posted on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 : 12:32 p.m.

Ann Arbor makes yet another appearance on 'Jeopardy!'

By Bob Needham

Ann Arbor featured in a question on Wednesday night's episode of "Jeopardy!"

As noted on the Facebook page of student radio station WCBN, a clue in the "Radio Radio" category read, "Gilda Radner was the weather girl on WCBN, the campus broadcasting network of this Michigan college town." The correct response, of course, was "What is Ann Arbor?"

This is at least the fourth time in less than a year that Ann Arbor has figured in a question on the popular syndicated game show.

Earlier this month, a "Jeopardy!" clue focused on the downtown cafe Afternoon Delight. In February, the University of Michigan (and the Diag's brass "M") were a clue. And last fall, U-M's Gerald Ford Presidential Library served as a clue.

The Ann Arbor area also seems to serve as a regular source of contestants on the program. Most notably, Stephanie Jass of Milan enjoyed a record-setting run last fall that took her to the Tournament of Champions earlier this year.

Bob Needham is director of entertainment content for Reach him at or 734-623-2541, and follow him on Twitter @bobneedham.


Jack Gladney

Fri, Apr 26, 2013 : 1:22 p.m.

There is a strong possibility that smart person at the Jeopardy show read the first sentence of the "Career Section" of Detroit-born, and world-famous comedienne Gilda Radner on the Wikipedia thing on the Internetz. Let me check.... Yep, that's it.

Ann Dwyer

Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 3:30 p.m.

But why would they be looking there in the first place? She is awesome, but still...

Admiral Halsey

Fri, Apr 26, 2013 : 2:15 a.m.

WCBN!!! The greatest station on earth, right here in our backyard. 88.3 is presets 1,2,3,4,5, & 6 in my car. Big fan, big fan.


Fri, Apr 26, 2013 : 12:21 a.m.

Who cares? Not much in the way of news...


Thu, Apr 25, 2013 : 10:47 p.m.

I too wondered about a writer with a connection - we have had the block M on the Diag, Btrady Hoke, Denard and now this in the past few months on the show.. GO BLUE

Lizzy Alfs

Thu, Apr 25, 2013 : 9:56 p.m.

My fond memories of watching Jeopardy: When my dad and I didn't have cable and would watch it at 7pm when I was younger. I always got annoyed because he knew all the answers and I knew..basically none.


Fri, Apr 26, 2013 : 12:22 a.m.

Same here.

Tom Teague

Thu, Apr 25, 2013 : 8:35 p.m.

I think that should require that all future Jeopardy story comments be in the form of a question, don't you?


Fri, Apr 26, 2013 : 2:12 p.m.

what was that.....?

Bob Needham

Thu, Apr 25, 2013 : 9:01 p.m.

Exactly. Well played!

Tom Teague

Thu, Apr 25, 2013 : 8:48 p.m.

So, you'll take "Missed Opportunities" for $200?

Bob Needham

Thu, Apr 25, 2013 : 8:41 p.m.

Yes! A colleague pointed out I should have done that with the headline.

Blue Marker

Thu, Apr 25, 2013 : 7:22 p.m.

"A Mr. Richard Fader of Fort Lee, New Jersey asks, what will happen when we run out of our natural race horses?" Roseanne Rosanadana, you are missed so much.

Blue Marker

Thu, Apr 25, 2013 : 7:38 p.m.

Now I'm questioning myself, was Mr. Richard Fader a Roseanne Rosanadana or Emily Litella? I can't keep my Gilda Radner characters straight. I still use Emily's classic "never mind" to this day.


Thu, Apr 25, 2013 : 7:29 p.m.

"What's all this fuss about endangered feces?..."

Jessica Webster

Thu, Apr 25, 2013 : 5:53 p.m.

Now that's some Ann Arbor trivia I had never heard. Very cool!

C'est la vie

Thu, Apr 25, 2013 : 5:51 p.m.

Yeah WCBN! Best area radio station for music lovers, period!

Bob Needham

Thu, Apr 25, 2013 : 4:40 p.m.

Seems like there has to be someone with the show who's connected to Ann Arbor. Anyone know?


Thu, Apr 25, 2013 : 8 p.m.

I'm not sure if this is true or an urban myth, but I heard years ago that Gale Group (now Cengage) writes Jeopardy questions. They're based in Farmington Hills, hence the frequent references to Ann Arbor, UM, and Detroit.


Thu, Apr 25, 2013 : 5:48 p.m.

As soon as I read this Bob I thought the same thing. Wonder if it's one of the writers or researchers.