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

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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