Says You!

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Says You!
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GenreWord game
Running time60 minutes
Country of originUnited States
Home stationWGBH
SyndicatesPRX
Hosted byRichard Sher
Barry Nolan
Gregg Porter
Dave Zobel
Created byRichard Sher
Produced byPipit & Finch
Executive producer(s)Laura Sher
Original release1996 – present
No. of episodes500+
WebsiteOfficial website
PodcastSays You!
Gregg Porter, the host of Says You!

Says You! is a word game quiz show that airs weekly in the United States on public radio stations. Richard Sher created the show in 1996 with the guiding philosophy: "It's not important to KNOW the answers: it's important to LIKE the answers."

Recorded in front of live audiences in theaters around the United States, the show is produced in Boston, Massachusetts. Its format, emphasis on witty repartee, and its tagline—"a game of bluff and bluster, words and whimsy"—are reminiscent of the similarly long-running BBC program My Word! (1956–1990).[citation needed]

Following the death of Richard Sher on February 9, 2015, original panelist Barry Nolan took over as host for two years. In 2017, Nolan returned to his seat as a panelist and Gregg Porter[1] of Seattle's KUOW-FM was named host.

Season 21 of Says You! marked the show's 500th episode.[citation needed]

Format[edit]

The show features a regular group of panelists—the cast—divided into two three-person teams. The two teams are made up of the show’s original cast members and occasional guest players. Teams answer a series of questions to earn up to ten points for each correct—or humorously suitable—answer. As the host provides more clues, fewer points are awarded.

Rounds of the game[edit]

Rounds 1, 3, and 5 vary from week to week and consist of signature categories such as "What's the Difference?", "Odd Man Out", "Melded Movies", and "Common Threads", as well as a variety of miscellaneous literary wordplay.

Rounds 2 and 4 are the Bluffing Rounds. The three members of one team are given an obscure word (e.g. Cacafuego); one of them gets the actual definition, and the other two must bluff with fake definitions composed during a brief musical interlude. The other team attempts to determine the correct definition from the three presented. Points are awarded for guessing or bluffing successfully.

Each hour-long episode features a "Spotlight Round". This segment highlights memorable rounds from the show's early years, especially of former host Richard Sher. Requests for "Spotlight Rounds" are submitted by listeners.

Through the show's website, people can suggest questions and segments for the show.[2][3]

Players[edit]

From left to right: Barry Nolan, Francine Achbar, Tony Kahn, Carolyn Faye Fox, Arnie Reisman, Paula Lyons, Murray Horwitz

Host[edit]

Regular panelists[edit]

Featured guest panelists[edit]

Writers[edit]

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