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Union’s Beverly tapped by national media for game show expertise

JACKSON, Tenn.July 8, 2004 – Steve Beverly, assistant professor of communication arts at Union University, will be interviewed on NBC’s Today and ESPN2’s Cold Pizza, Monday, July 12.

Today airs 7-10 a.m. in Central and Eastern time zones. Cold Pizza airs from 6-8 a.m. in the Central time zone and is repeated in the following two hours.

The interviews “focus on Ken Jennings’ streak as the most prolific champion in Jeopardy history and where he stands in the history of television game shows,” Beverly said.

Jennings currently has 27 wins and $860,000. “He is chasing all-time number of wins in a TV game show, set at 43 in 1980,” Beverly said.

Interviews were taped for Today Wednesday night with Beverly as well as Dr. Kevin Olmstead, who is the largest monetary winner in the history of television game shows. Beverly expects the segment to last five to seven minutes. ESPN2 is flying Beverly to its New York City studio for a live segment on Monday morning.

Beverly is considered an expert in the field of television game shows; his commentary has previously been featured on ABC’s 20/20, a Bravo network documentary, the NBC Nightly News and in The Washington Post. He is also the webmaster for TVgameshows.net. Following Jennings’ series of Jeopardy wins, Beverly has fielded calls from a variety of media outlets including the BBC and a radio station in Ireland.

According to Beverly, interviewers ask, “Why Jennings is so much more successful than any other player of the game?”

“The previous rule was that if you won five games you had to retire undefeated,” Beverly explained. “They changed it in September, just to see if someone could go on in this fashion, and he has.”

Media contact: Tabitha Frizzell, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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