NHPTV’s academic quiz show returns, with new sponsors

By Dru Sefton

Granite State Challenge, the longtime academic quiz show from New Hampshire Public Television, is returning to the airwaves after a yearlong hiatus due to state funding cuts, reports the Concord Monitor.

Unitil Corp., a public utility holding company, and the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation are now sponsoring the program, in which 16 high-school teams compete. This season, the show’s 29th, students on the winning team as well as their school will each receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Granite State Challenge premiered Jan. 30, 1984, making it one of the longest running high school quiz shows in the nation. Since then, according to the station, nearly 5,000 high school students have participated in the show. Tom Bergeron of Dancing with the Stars was the first host.

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