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Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Discusses End of Jeopardy! Champ's Reign with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

December 1, 2004

December 1, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - "It's history for Ken Jennings, the winningest game-show contestant ever," begins a story in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Kathy Flanigan writes, "The Jeopardy! superstar was felled Tuesday, missing a softball Final Jeopardy question and stopping his streak at 74 consecutive games. The software engineer from Utah walked away with $2,520,700. Maybe it was time. 'When he got on his long winning streak, it was a tremendous boost for Jeopardy!,' said Jeffrey McCall, media analyst and professor of communications at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. 'But there's got to be a law of diminishing returns where people get bored. I think Ken Jennings probably became the New York Yankees.'"

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Dr. McCall, a 1976 graduate of DePauw, is frequently quoted on media matters. He talked with Nebraska's Omaha World-Herald about reality television last month (read more here) and previewed the presidential debates for the Washington Times (read more here).

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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