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Jim Speas Wins WZPL’s “Battle Of The Burbs” For Cloverdale

Quincy Resident Wins Second Championship In Ten Years On Radio
by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer


Broadcasting live Friday morning from Karen’s Kafe in downtown Cloverdale, the cast of 99.5 WZPL’s Smiley Morning Show poses for a photo with ‘Battle of the Burgs’ Champion Jim Speas of Quincy and two Town of Cloverdale employees. Pictured in front, left to right: host Dave Smiley, KJ (Kari Johll) and Toni Williams. Back: Cloverdale Deputy Clerk Brandy Anderson, Jim Speas, Paul Poteet, Cloverdale Utility Clerk Brittney Duncan and Smile Morning Show Producer Will Pfaffenberger. (Staff Photo) Broadcasting live Friday morning from Karen’s Kafe in downtown Cloverdale, the cast of 99.5 WZPL’s Smiley Morning Show poses for a photo with ‘Battle of the Burgs’ Champion Jim Speas of Quincy and two Town of Cloverdale employees. Pictured in front, left to right: host Dave Smiley, KJ (Kari Johll) and Toni Williams. Back: Cloverdale Deputy Clerk Brandy Anderson, Jim Speas, Paul Poteet, Cloverdale Utility Clerk Brittney Duncan and Smile Morning Show Producer Will Pfaffenberger. (Staff Photo) A repeat champion was crowned in Cloverdale Friday, but it wasn’t for any sports related feat when Jim Speas and Cloverdale were crowned the 2014 champions of the 99.5 WZPL’s

Smiley morning Snow Battle of the Burbs.

The annual trivia contest matches up representatives of 32 outlying Indianapolis subsurbs in a 32-team, NCAA-style tournament bracket, which Quincy resident Jim Speas can claim twice now.


Quincy resident and Spencer native Jim Speas speaks with 99.5 WZPL’s Dave Smile of the Smiley Morning Show live on-air Friday morning from Karen’s Kafe in downtown Cloverdale. (Staff Photo) Quincy resident and Spencer native Jim Speas speaks with 99.5 WZPL’s Dave Smile of the Smiley Morning Show live on-air Friday morning from Karen’s Kafe in downtown Cloverdale. (Staff Photo) “My first match was against Bloomington, then Martinsville and so on, you slowly go down until you get to the final four. The final match is one-on-one in the studio, it’s pop culture trivia, they throw in some local stuff about your town, too. I beat Plainfield for the championship, it was a lot of fun. I had a good time, I like being on the radio, so it was even better for me.”

Speas is no stranger to the radio, WZPL or the Smile Morning Show’s Bat- tle of the Burbs, having won the same contest a decade ago.

“This is my second time, I won about 10 years ago. Every year it seems like I never make it out of the first or second round,” Speas said. “It went all the way down to a sudden death question, it was a word association. The answer was elf, Legolas, who was a character in the Hobbit movie, sits on a shelf and bakes cookies for Keebler. So the answer was elf.”

Speas could be heard during several on-air spots, one of which he found himself without eyeglasses to provide a sports report.

“I did a terrible sports report, I forgot my glasses and I’m trying to hold it as far back as I could just to see it,” Speas said. “I’ve been on a few times, we were hooting and hollering.”

A native of Spencer, Speas and wife Ruthie, a Cloverdale native, now reside in Quincy with their daughters, Abigail, 15 and Allison, 13.

“I try to support the local community, because our kids go to Cloverdale,” he said.

Smiley Morning Show host Dave Smiley and his crew made the trek down I-70 to Clover Country last Thursday to take in the community the night before broadcasting live from Karen’s Kafe in downtown Cloverdale.

“We find team captains from each town or city, we get on the air and ask who wants to be the team captain for their city. You get $50 if you’re the team captain and if you win, you get $500 in cash, bragging rights and we broadcast live from your city,” Smiley explained. “We spent a couple of weeks doing that, and then we set it up just like the NCAA tournament bracket and we do it around that time, too. It’s just pop culture trivia, three questions each and whoever gets the most right out of three moves on. It’s single elimination, Jim moved on to the championship, beat Plainfield. He didn’t know the voice of Morgan Freeman, we played audio clips, Jim knew the voice of Gilbert Godfrey.”

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