The success of the GE College Bowl led, inevitably, to some copycats, but geared to high schoolers.
Perhaps the most famous was It's Academic, which boasted game show icon Art James as host for much of its run. Closer to home, WRGB, now the CBS affiliate, had two such quiz games.
Little Red Schoolhouse began on radio on WRGB's then-sister station, WGY-AM (the two are now owned by separate entities), and transitioned to television in 1963, ending in 1970. I admit I've never seen Schoolhouse, or at least I have no memory of doing so. Hey, I was born the same year that Schoolhouse made its TV debut!
Answers Please began as a summer replacement series for Schoolhouse in 1966, as an outlet for staffers at WRGB & WGY to test their mettle against other adult teams. After Schoolhouse ended in 1970, Answers Please became the premier high school quiz show in the region, but went through a succession of hosts during its 23 year run, ending in 1989, including news anchors Ed Dague & Jim Brennan, weatherman Tim Welch, and, in this 1985 episode, John Wagner, who was on the faculty at Guilderland High School. When Guilderland qualified for an appearance on the show, Wagner recused himself, understandably, and Welch returned to the podium as a fill-in. Brennan took over the following season, and remained at the helm for the series' final years.
Answers Please aired on various days of the week, but spent the bulk of its run on Sunday mornings until the mid-80's, when it shifted to Saturdays, blacking out CBS programming.
Now, let's get to the action with this 1985 match between Cooperstown & Coxsackie-Athens. Uploaded by Andrew Gatt:
These days, local stations can't be bothered to produce programming in-house like this anymore. It would save them some money if they did.