was a country music
-themed quiz show which aired on TNN
from March 8, 1983 to March 31, 1989, when it was replaced by Top Card
. Fandango was the first TV game show
to air on TNN and was one of the longest-running game shows on a cable network.
The show was hosted by singer Bill Anderson
, who was joined by Blake Pickett as co-host beginning in 1987. Disc jockey Charlie Chase
has sometimes been identified as the voice of "Edgar the Talking Jukebox." However, as stated in Anderson's autobiography, Whisperin' Bill
, the voice of Edgar was actually Anderson's long-time friend, radio announcer Bill Robinson.Anderson, B: Whisperin' Bill: An Autobiography
, page 427. Longstreet Press, 1989.
Three contestants (including a returning champion) answered country music questions to win prizes. The returning champion stood behind the blue podium and his/her two challengers stood at red and yellow podiums.
In round one, Anderson asked a toss-up question to all three contestants worth 10 points. Whoever buzzed-in with the right answer wagered any or all of his/her score and chose one of nine categories. The center category was always the "Star of the Day". A correct answer added the wager to his/her score and a wrong answer deducted it. Later in the run, a "Secret Square" was shown to the home audience, and if chosen, it would double the wager for a correct answer. Gameplay continued until time expired... Read More