The Challenge Launches Fan Page On Facebook

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New Site Has Already Surpassed One Thousand Fans

Launching on Facebook has brought an exciting new dimension to The Challenge

Already a popular television show, The Challenge is proving itself to be a hit on Facebook as well, with more than one thousand fans joining the site within just a few weeks of its launch. For the first time, fans of the show can visit a dedicated page on Facebook that provides a behind-the-scenes look at the actual studio tapings and offers visitors a chance to sound off, share their experiences, and cheer on their high school team.

An academic quiz show designed to test high school students' knowledge in a game show format, The Challenge is in its 12th Season on News 12. Each week, viewers tune in to watch local schools from throughout the tri-state area compete -- with one team ultimately winning $10,000 in the Challenge Tri-State Championship.

"Launching on Facebook has brought an exciting new dimension to The Challenge," said executive in charge of production, Brad Dorsogna. "It gives everyone a chance to experience the fun of the tapings, and to track individual high schools as they move along through the various rounds leading up to the championship games later this spring. The feedback has been terrific. Since launching we've had more than a thousand visitors sign up as fans, which has created not only a great promotional vehicle for the show, but an active online exchange and dialogue about all things Challenge."

To visit The Challenge fan page, just go to Facebook and type in "The Challenge" in the search box. Once on the site, visitors can watch videos of student interviews, browse team photo albums, post comments on The Challenge Wall, participate in discussion boards, view upcoming events, and follow the taping schedule, which is updated daily.

For those who want to follow The Challenge on television, the show airs exclusively on News 12 at 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The Challenge can also be viewed anytime through the convenience of video on demand (VOD) through News 12 Interactive, located on iO TV channel 612.

In its 12th season, The Challenge includes schools and students from the Bronx and Brooklyn, Long Island, the Westchester/Hudson Valley region, New Jersey and Connecticut. More than 900 students representing 184 tri-state area high schools are participating this season. Teams are typically made up of students who are at the top of their class.

As this season of The Challenge progresses, schools will vie each week to continue on in the competition, which ultimately results in the best teams from each region facing off against each other in the spring. Regional champions will then compete for the ultimate title, Tri-State Challenge Champion. The winning team in each region will receive $2,500 and go on to compete for $10,000 in the Tri-State Championship. Each student participating in the championship match will receive $500.

The Challenge is moderated by popular News 12 Anchors from each region -- Scott Feldman on Long Island, Tom Appleby in Connecticut, Bryan Jenkins in New Jersey, Heather McBride in the Bronx and Brooklyn, and Brian Conybeare in Westchester/Hudson Valley.

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