Students Launch Petition For Fredonia Professor To Tryout For “Jeopardy!” Gig

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FREDONIA – Students of a SUNY Fredonia professor have launched an effort to have their instructor try out for “Jeopardy!”, not as a prospective contestant, but rather, to take on the role as host of the show.

A petition was launched to give Associate Professor of Journalism Mike Igoe a change to tryout for the job.

His students say that while no one can truly replace the late, Alex Trebek, Igoe would be a great fit to continue Trebek’s legacy of hosting the iconic game show.

Igoe, like many fans of the program, grew up watching the original Jeopardy with Art Fleming in the 1960s.

While he doesn’t expect to receive an invitation, he feels it is a good educational experience for his students.

“The young lady who wrote the blurb that appears on, she hit is very well, she got a lot of information about me in a four-paragraph fit,” said Igoe. “That’s what I teach in journalism, how to write concisely with a message that resonates with the people, when you have a short amount of time to get their attention.”

Igoe has 30-years of experience working in media, including time as a news reporter at WGRZ-TV in Buffalo.

Last week, Producer Mike Richards stepped down from his brief tenure as host amid criticism of his past comments.

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