January 11, 2007 issue

200th Sqrambled Scuares Episode To Be Taped January 18

Local Game Show Invites Public, Offers $500 Cash and Prizes to Winner

Story by Sam Calhoun

How can Boone be considered a small town if it’s got its own game show? Well, not only does Boone have its own game show—BZB Productions’ Sqrambled Scuares (pronounced Scrambled Squares) that comes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:00 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. on Charter cable channel 14—but next Thursday, January 18, also marks the taping of its 200th episode.

Featuring local contestants, local prizes and a local studio audience, Sqrambled Scuares has been delighting High Country viewers since it debuted on September 2, 2002. Hosted by Buzz Berry, the show involves two contestants who must unscramble letters on squares to make a word. In a normal 30-minute show, winners receive at least $150 and a host of prizes from local businesses, but for the 200th show, Berry is offering $500 as well as prizes to the lucky winner.

The taping of the 200th show will take place at BZB Productions’ studio at 245-B Winkler’s Creek Road in Boone on Thursday, January 18, at 7:00 p.m. Berry invites the public to attend free of charge, but is asking that audience members arrive by 6:45 p.m. so the show can be taped on time.

Normally, the two contestants for the show are chosen ahead of time through free applications but for the 200th show, Berry will randomly pick the contestants from the audience. This means that anyone who attends the taping is eligible to play.

“I can’t think of anyone who has ever left here without a smile on their face,” said Berry.

For the taping of the 200th show, Golden Corral will provide refreshments, Berry will provide other food and contestants will have a chance to win prizes from Joe’s Italian Kitchen, Pssgettis, Makoto’s. Boone Drug, CC’s Pizza, Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, Appalachian Ski Mountain, Los Arcoiris, M-Prints, Mellow Mushroom and The Incredible Toy Company.

Speaking about the 200-show milestone, Berry said, “It’s been a lot of fun. It’s amazing to look back at all the pictures of contestants on my wall. My wife and I feel very blessed that it has been so well received.”

With local contestants, Berry pointed out that everyone who watches sooner or later sees someone playing that s/he recognizes and, “You don’t find that much these days.”

Berry is joined at BZB Productions by his wife Autumn Taylor as a technical assistant, Julie Houck as director, Brian Lambeth as the camera operator and scorekeeper, Meghann Miller as a camera operator, Fox Kinsman as an audio technician and Patrick McCollum as a technical assistant.

Although Berry’s wife Autumn Taylor is a native of the High Country, Berry is from Charleston, South Carolina. After taking many “detours” to television and radio stations around the country, Berry settled in Boone after a short stint in Greensboro where the first Sqrambled Scuares debuted on November 5, 1999.        

For more information, call 828-268-9898 or click to www.scrambledsquares.biz.

Want To Go?

Date: Thursday, January 18

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: BZB Productions’ Studio, 245-B Winkler’s Creek Road, Boone

Cost: Fre