KFAN's 'Initials Game' will be an all-female affair on Friday, featuring top Twin Cities personalities

They'll all be appearing on the Power Trip Morning Show.
Author:
Publish date:
Clockwise from top-left: Amelia Santaniello, Jana Shortal, Marney Gellner, Alicia Lewis, Carly Zucker.

Clockwise from top-left: Amelia Santaniello, Jana Shortal, Marney Gellner, Alicia Lewis, Carly Zucker.

Five famous Twin Cities media personalities will come together in a studio Friday morning to make a little bit of local radio history.

For the first time in its history, the long-running "Initials Game" quiz on KFAN's Power Trip Morning Show will feature an all-female group of contestants

You'll no doubt be familiar with many, if not all of them.

  • Amelia Santaniello - WCCO-TV
  • Jana Shortal - KARE 11
  • Marney Gellner - Fox Sports North
  • Alicia Lewis - KARE 11
  • Carly Zucker - KFAN

The five compete for ratings one way or another, so it's a relatively rare coming together to play what's become a very popular weekly game on the sports station.

"The Initials Game" features clues to a series of answers with the same two initials, with host Cory Cove reading out the clues and contestants able to jump in at any time to answer.

The "Initials Game" usually  feature Power Trip regulars like Paul "Meatsauce" Lambert, Chris Hawkey, Mark Parrish, Ben Leber, AJ Mansour, and Mark Rosen as contestants.

Four of the contestants, with the exception of Santaniello, have appeared on the Initials Game before. Here's how they've fared.

If you're unfamiliar with the contestants, here are some brief bios.

– Santaniello is a long-time news anchor at WCCO-TV. She's anchors weekday evening and nightly news alongside husband, Frank Vascellaro. 

– Shortal is an award-winning reporter and host at KARE 11. Her story was recently profiled nationally by CNN and "TODAY." 

– Gellner is a long-time reporter at Fox Sports North, in addition to being the play-by-play voice of the Minnesota Lynx. She's also filled in on lead vocals during Timberwolves and Twins games. 

– Lewis is an Emmy-winning anchor/reporter for KARE 11's "Sunrise" morning show.

– Zucker hosts "Overtime with Carly Zucker" on KFAN and has also been a TV host with the Timberwolves, CBS Sports and FSN. Her husband is Jason Zucker of the Minnesota Wild.  

You'll be able to listen to them compete at 100.3FM KFAN on Friday, with the quiz generally starting around 8:15 a.m.

Sign up for our our daily newsletters

Next Up

EDL1LeKXsAEeH32

How high can Rashod Bateman go in the 2021 NFL Draft?

The Gophers star receiver has plenty of praise heading into next April.

TCF Bank Stadium

15 more from Gopher football team test positive for COVID-19

That brings the total number of cases from this outbreak to 40.

Teddy Bridgewater

5 questions for Vikings-Panthers Week 12 NFC battle

The Vikings welcome Teddy Bridgewater back to U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.

police lights

Shelter-in-place in Albert Lea after police officer shot in the chest

The officer was able to drive to an emergency room.

En-KfRaXEAEbuE7

St. Paul officer shoots man who got out of dumpster, ran towards police

A report says the man was naked and had a steak knife.

Screen Shot 2020-11-28 at 6.58.11 PM

Gophers dominate second half to defeat Loyola-Marymount

Marcus Carr scored 26 to send the Gophers to 2-0.

Ambulance hospital emergency

Kandiyohi Co. man airlifted after hand caught in corn picker

Corn pickers are a common cause of farm accidents.

White tail deer

DNR: Passenger shot at deer out of driver's side window

The DNR said 'all sense of safety was disregarded.'

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 9.10.30 AM

Mpls council proposal would cut nearly $8M from 2021 police budget

The "Safety for All Budget Plan" was introduced Friday.

Related

Screen Shot 2020-03-27 at 8.44.46 AM

KFAN Power Trip's Cory Cove launches 'The Initials Game' as a card game

Money is rolling in for the Power Trip's popular Friday morning quiz.

Cory Hepola leaving KARE 11 to become WCCO radio host

He's filling the void left by John Hines' retirement.

2019_1024_Washington_Home_1248

Vikings sign extension to keep games on KFAN radio

The 2020 season will mark the 20th consecutive season of Vikings football on KFAN.

Screen Shot 2020-05-08 at 8.44.54 AM

Power Trip Morning Show adds jackpot to popular 'Initials Game'

If nobody gets it for a year or more, it's going to be huge.