For host, show is a way to put good kids on TV.Byline: KAREN McCOWAN The Register-Guard
CORRECTION (ran 12/20/02): Two stories on Page 1D Monday gave an incorrect TV station for local telecasts of High Five. The teen game show is telecast at noon Sundays on KEVU (Channel 23, Cable 4).
"HIGH FIVE," the television quiz show quiz show
A television or radio program in which the contestants' knowledge is tested by questioning, with some contestants winning money or prizes. on which 20Below writer Eva Sylwester and other Northwest high school Northwest High School or North West High School may refer to several schools of the same name:
That's the word from founder and former Portland TV reporter Wayne Faligowski, who started the show 10 years ago as a way to showcase "good things" about high school students.
Faligowski said he is talking with a wide range of potential sponsors - from Microsoft to Kiwanis Clubs - about flying teens in from the rest of the country to do intellectual battle with Oregon and Washington teens at the show's Portland studio.
Finding sponsors has been the biggest challenge all along, the former KOIN-TV consumer reporter said.
He launched the show as "Smith's High-Five," with Smith's Home Furnishing as underwriter underwriter n. a company or person which/who underwrites an insurance policy, issue of corporate securities, business, or project. (See: underwrite)
UNDERWRITER, insurances. One who signs a policy of insurance, by which he becomes an insurer. , only to see the furniture chain go bankrupt two years later. Today, La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery is the main sponsor.
Most years, he's managed to cover show expenses and pay himself a small salary, similar to what he earned as a reporter. In this year's tough economy, however, he's yet to pay himself anything.
"I'm lucky enough to have a wife that works," he explained.
Still, he thinks the time is right to go national.
Faligowski, a 1959 West Albany High graduate, is no stranger to long odds. At 34, bored with his job selling insurance, he decided to go into television news.
Armed with an Oregon State University Oregon State University, at Corvallis; land-grant and state supported; coeducational; chartered 1858 as Corvallis College, opened 1865. In 1868 it was designated Oregon's land-grant agricultural college and was taken over completely by the state in 1885. political science degree and years-earlier experience as sports editor Noun 1. sports editor - the newspaper editor responsible for sports news
newspaper editor - the editor of a newspaper at the Albany Democrat-Herald The Albany Democrat-Herald is the daily newspaper of Albany, Oregon, United States. Lee Enterprises owns both the Democrat-Herald and the Corvallis Gazette-Times. The two papers publish a joint Sunday edition, the Mid-Valley Times. , he signed up for a TV production class at a Portland college ‘’’Portland College’’’ is an education establishment in the county of Nottinghamshire. It is situated in 20 acres of Sherwood Forest approximately 3 miles south of the town of Mansfield. . ``The professor told me: `You're almost 35 years old. Your chances of breaking in now - especially of getting on air - are about 10,000 to 1.''
But Faligowski did break in, though it meant a production job at tiny KPIC-TV in Roseburg.
"I'd leave my home in Beaverton early Monday morning, driving down to Roseburg and staying there till Friday," he recalled. "I couldn't afford to maintain two households, so I joined the volunteer fire department so I had a free place to sleep at the station house."
A year later, he became an assignment desk assistant at KOIN. When a night reporting spot opened up, he jumped at it. Once he'd proven himself on the air, he became the station's consumer reporter.
During his 16 years in TV news, he was increasingly bothered by the mostly negative stories about kids.
"We'd never lead off with good things, but with stories about kids shooting each other, car accidents or drug busts," he said. ``You'd do a live remote from a school about a shooting, and all the kids behind you would be just as shocked as anyone. Yet the impression in the story was, `Look at all these bad kids today.' I realized that 95 percent of kids are just doing what they should, trying to get through high school. But the other 5 percent get 95 percent of the news coverage."
"High-Five" was his attempt to provide some balance, giving good kids their ``15 minutes of fame.''
The show airs each Sunday at noon on UPN UPN User Principal Name (Microsoft Windows 2000)
UPN United Paramount Network
UPN Unión del Pueblo Navarro (Navarrese People Union)
UPN Umgekehrte Polnische Notation . In Portland, it tapes and airs at KWBP. Each week's episode is also video-streamed on the Internet (www.high-five.com).
In each show, teams of students from two high schools compete "Jeopardy" style before a live audience, vying vy·ing
Present participle of vie.
vying vie to answer 50 questions. Half are academic, half cover topics such as TV, movies and sports.
Faligowski is the on-air host, a role that has served as a "good transition" from TV news, he said.
"Anytime you're on television - I don't care
"Don't Care" is a 1994 (see 1994 in music) single by American death metal band Obituary. what people say - you're there because you like to be recognized," he said. "After 16 years, it would have been hard to just pull the plug. Now I'm only on camera once a week, but I'm on for a half hour."
"High-Five" recently obtained IRS An abbreviation for the Internal Revenue Service, a federal agency charged with the responsibility of administering and enforcing internal revenue laws. nonprofit A corporation or an association that conducts business for the benefit of the general public without shareholders and without a profit motive.
Nonprofits are also called not-for-profit corporations. Nonprofit corporations are created according to state law. status, so it can accept tax-deductible donations toward an expanded scholarship fund. More than $500,000 in scholarships and prizes have already been awarded to Northwest winners.
Features reporter Karen McCowan can be reached by phone at 338-2422 and by e-mail at kmccowan@ guardnet.com.