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Chaos in Trebekistan (What’s Buried on Brad’s Desk)

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  Good news, fans, a new season has begun. The first games of the new “Jeopardy” season have been played in Hollywood, with brand new host…uh, what? He quit as the host already? Daytime TV in America has long been dominated by game shows and soap operas. Now, the game shows are turning into soap operas. The show’s producer, Mike Richards, was just named as the successor to Alex Trebek as full-time host, but the blowback to Richards was immediate and fierce. Along the lines of “What, they hired another white guy?” Or, “The boss of the show hired himself to host?” Even if he didn’t hire himself, we’re getting stories that Richards was trying to make other host candidates look bad. And, he’s treated people badly at other jobs, and insulted people on a podcast. After just one day as regular host, Richards has gone back to just being the producer. So we’re also back to “Now you have to hire LeVar Burton because fans want him!” The host of “The Bachelor” quits, after defending a contestant who went to a plantation-themed party years ago. “Dancing With the Stars” is now hosted by Tyra Banks, but some fans wanted her fired for supposedly taking attention away from the celebrity dance contestants. As for “Jeopardy,” aren’t there other long-time game show hosts around…Peter Marshall, Wink Martindale? Stay tuned to find out who else is in…JEOPARDY!

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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