Tell Them What They've Won - America's Favorite Game Show Podcast
By Tom Bastek and Mike Jacobs
The Game Show Guys, Tom Bastek and Mike Jacobs are bringing you stories about game shows, both past and present. This podcast showcases a different game show each week, as well as touches on game show news, interviews and more.
Episode 52: The Newlywed Game - Trailer
This week we are featuring the game show, The Newlywed Game, one of the longest running game shows until Tom's favorite soap opera took over! Plus we talk about super cuts, last week’s great interview, and mike sings Wilson Phillips!
September 12, 2021
Episode 51: Interview with Price is Right Winner, Jeremy Mador
This week we take a break from the norm and interview a friend of Mike's: Jeremy Mador. Jeremy shares his story of being on the show, winning and having some touching memories about being there!
September 8, 2021
Episode 50: Battle of the Network Stars
This week we talk about the hottest cross network event from the 70s and 80s, Battle of the Network Stars. Plus, we talk smoking Telly Savalas, discuss an incredibly dangerous sport and what's to come in the next 50 episodes. Join us as we turn 50!
August 30, 2021
Episode 50 - Battle of the Network Stars - Trailer
This week we talk about the hottest cross network event from the 70s and 80s. Plus, we think we can stump Christian (Ha!), Telly Savalas talk and we discuss an incredibly dangerous sport. Join us as we turn 50!
August 29, 2021
Episode 49: Cutthroat Kitchen
This week we talk about the cooking game show Cutthroat Kitchen. We also discuss Mike Richards and the future of Jeopardy and Christian has a great bit of This Week in Game Show History.
August 24, 2021
Episode 49: Cutthroat Kitchen - Trailer
This week we talk about the cooking game show, Cutthroat Kitchen! And Mike talks about pieces of fingers on restaurant burgers! YIKES! Plus we talk about something almost as gross: Mike Richards! Join us!
August 23, 2021
News Too Important to Wait: Mike Richards Controversy
Tom and Mike bring in Christian to quickly talk about the Mike Richards controversy.
August 20, 2021
Episode 48 - Split Second
This week we talk about the fastest game show from the 70s, Split Second. We also dive into the Jeopardy hosting news and get Christian's take on the whole debacle. Not to mention soap operas, assassinations and more!
August 16, 2021
Episode 48: Split Second - Trailer
This week we go back to one of the hardest game shows in the 1970s, Split Second. Plus we talk about soap operas, assassinations, game show host transitions, Mike Richards' drama and more!
August 10, 2021
Episode 47: Chain Reaction
This week we talk NEW HOST OF JEOPARDY?!, Dave Letterman's kiss of death, chimichangas, Mike hates Canada, The Young and the Restless and much more! OH, and the game show Chain Reaction! Join us!
August 5, 2021
Episode 47 - Chain Reaction - Trailer
This week we talk Dave Letterman, chimichangas, Mike hates Canada, The Young and the Restless and much more! OH, and the game show Chain Reaction! Join us!
August 5, 2021
Episode 46: Truth or Consequences
This week we go all the way back to radio days! Mike is super stoked to dive into this blast from the past. Christian tries to not get stumped. Plus we go off on a few tangents: Mork and Mindy, Knight Rider, Levar Burton, even American Geography! And someone gets shot in the face!
July 29, 2021
Episode 46 - Truth or Consequences - Trailer
This week we go all the way back to radio days! Mike is super stoked to dive into this blast from the past. Plus we go off on a few tangents: Mork and Mindy, Knight Rider, Levar Burton, even American Geography! And someone gets shot in the face!
July 27, 2021
Episode 45 - 1 vs. 100
This week we talk about the game show 1 vs 100. We discuss the game show The Hustler and fail miserably on a fast money round of Family Feud. Plus, we have details for how you can win a pair of tickets for the Southern Fried Gaming Expo! And if anyone has purchased perfume by telemarketer, please let us know.
July 12, 2021
Episode 45 - Trailer - 1 vs. 100
This week we talk about the game show that lasted only two seasons and change in the states but is still going strong for 22 years in the Netherlands. The history of the game show is intriguing as it has a charity for its sponsor. We discuss the game show The Hustler and we have details for how you can win a pair of tickets for the Southern Fried Gaming Expo!
July 11, 2021
Episode 44: What Would You Do?
This week we take a look at another Nickelodeon staple, a semi spin-off of Double Dare, it's What Would You Do? WWYD was all the mess and none of the action of DD. Oh, and there were pies. And lots of them.
June 28, 2021
Episode 44 - Trailer
This week: Pies.
June 26, 2021
Episode 43: Guys Grocery Games
This week we are talking cooking and game shows and more specifically, the meeting of the two. Its Guy's Grocery Games! We talk all things Guy Fieri and how Tom once beat him for his place in the bathroom line.
June 22, 2021
Episode 43: Trailer
This week we take a taste of the world of cooking game shows. Plus we dish about the new game show Small Fortune. And we talk about our first live (non-cooking) appearance for the show! Joins us!
June 12, 2021
Episode 42: Love Connection
This week we talk about the talk show that is lumped in with game shows, Love Connection. Mike explains Chuck's famous "2 and 2" and we dish the details on our first live appearance!!
June 9, 2021
Episode 42 - Trailer
This week's episode (or maybe we should say this month's episode) is finally here this week! We are featuring Love connection and we have details about our first live appearance. Check it out!
June 6, 2021
Episode 41: Jeopardy!
We are super excited to begin season three with a bang! We cover probably the greatest and most well known game show of all time, Jeopardy! Plus, we bring on a six time champion Dave Leach to take us behind the scenes of being on the show. Christian is back for Stump or Chump and we have a devil of a time playing the game from This Week in Game Show History. THIS SHOW IS PACKED!
May 10, 2021
Episode 41: Season 3 is here!
This week we are not only diving into America's most loved game show, but also interviewing a 6 time winner as well! Join us as we kick off season three with a bang!
May 6, 2021
Game Show News to Get You Through - 04
Its the last one and thank goodness because Tom sounds like he is in a cave. We talk about late night tv, game show news and this week in gameshow history!
April 22, 2021
Game Show News to Get You Through - 03
Here we go, three down one to go until we are back for Season 3! This week we talk upcoming reboots of gameshows, Doug, and sayings we have around the house for meh-type-things.
April 14, 2021
Game Show News to Get You Through - 02
OH BOY! Another week of game show news and this week in game show history. Plus we talk WWE, and Mike and Tom clearly are out of practice being between seasons. Join us.
April 8, 2021
Game Show News to Get You Through - 01
Hey Gang, you knew we couldn't stay away the whole off season. Now, you don't have to either! Here is a quick game show news and this week in game show history to get you through till season 3 starts up!
March 30, 2021
Episode 40: The Video Game Game Show Show
This week we talk about video games that are based on game shows. And game shows that are based on video games. Plus we have a very special guest Ryan Vickers with us to talk about the new season of The Search for Canada's Game Shows. It is a HUGE episode and a great way to end season 2!
March 22, 2021
Episode 40: The Video Game Game Show Show - Trailer
This week we are featuring game shows about video games. And we are featuring video games about game shows. And we are talking to Ryan Vickers about the new season of The Search for Canada's Game Shows! Join us as we wrap up Season 2 in style!
March 17, 2021
Episode 39: The Amazing Race
This week we return to the reality competition show category for The Amazing Race. We talk about Christian finally getting stumped and watermelon meat. Don't miss it!
March 9, 2021
Episode 39 - Trailer
This week Mike and Tom are diving deep into the reality competition show category. Can you guess which show they are featuring?
March 6, 2021
Episode 38: Weakest Link
This week we feature the first show to really take its cues from Millionaire in terms of look and feel. Throw in cooperative game play, a memorable host and one of the best game show lines in history and you have Weakest Link! Plus we talk about Transformers vs. Gobots and more!
March 2, 2021
Episode 38: Trailer
This week I am making Mike feature a show that kind of makes him mad. Can you guess what it is? Listen to this trailer for clues!
March 1, 2021
Episode 37 - What's My Line?
This week we go back to the classic panel game What's My line? And of course, because it is a panel game, Mike is not crazy about it. We talk penmanship, mob hits and more in this episode. Join us!
February 24, 2021
Episode 37 - Trailer
This week is another classic. But will Mike cooperate enough to find out what the featured show is? Listen in!
February 22, 2021
Episode 36: Sale of the Century
This week Mike and Tom feature one of their favorite shows: Sale of the Century. We come up with a pretty tough question for Christian. Can we not look like chumps this week? Tune in to find out!
February 17, 2021
Episode 35: Fear Factor
Mike and Tom talk about their very first reality competition show - Fear Factor. We call out Joe Rogan, talk about PETA and even talk Las Vegas job hunting. Plus another chance to stump or chump!!
February 9, 2021
Episode 35: Trailer
This week we feature our first Reality Competition Show. Tom still thinks they are game shows, but Mike doesn't. Which one will it be? Don't be afraid! Listen in and find out!
February 8, 2021
Episode 34 - Lingo
This week we talk one of Mike and Christian's favorite word games, Lingo! (Tom likes it, just not as much). We talk rubens, Roku vs. Chromecast and you will NOT want to miss this edition of Stump the Chump - Now forever renamed Stump or Chump.
February 3, 2021
Episode 34 - Trailer
This week we feature everyone's favorite word game, but can mike guess it? Listen to this trailer and find out!
February 1, 2021
Episode 33 - Singled Out
This week we go back tot he 90s and talk Singled Out. And although Mike and Tom may not be the biggest fans, they still manage to find some redeeming qualities about the show. Plus, we have a question to stump the chump, this week in gameshow history and game show news, too.
January 25, 2021
Episode 33 - Trailer
This week we give you guys a mid 90s feature but you will have to guess which show it is. Can you pick it right?
January 25, 2021
Episode 32: Tic Tac Dough
This week on the show, Mike and Tom cover one of the true classics: Tic-Tac-Dough! Plus we once again try not to look like chumps with a trivia question for Christian as well as game show news, this week in gameshow history and more!
January 19, 2021
Episode 32 - Trailer
This week we go back to a game show that is a classic. And is comes from a super classic game. Listen to the hints in this trailer and see if you can guess what our featured show is!
January 17, 2021
Episode 31: Bowling for Dollars
This week we go back to an American pastime: Bowling. And a 1970s American pastime: Bowling for Dollars! Plus, this week in game show history, and we are finally going to stump the chump! Or are we?
January 13, 2021
Episode 30 - Trailer
This week we are featuring a show that was incredibly popular in spite of giving away little money and had almost no gameplay. Can you guess what it is?
January 10, 2021
Episode 30: High Rollers
This week we talk about Alex and Wink and Dice rolling on High Rollers. We also get into Alcohol and hookers?! Weird, right? Listen in!
January 5, 2021
Episode 30 - Trailer
This week we are putting on the listeners to guess which show we are featuring. See if the clues we give in this trailer can tell you and you can in turn tell us!(?) Good Luck!
January 3, 2021
Episode 29: Legends of the Hidden Temple
This week we are featuring Legends of the Hidden Temple - the epitome of 90s kids game shows! Plus Mike, Christian and I talk 90s snack food and we have another Stump the Chump question! Joins us!
December 29, 2020
Episode 29 - Trailer
This week we are going back into the 90s to Mike's childhood and Tom's almost childhood to bring back a great show called...
December 27, 2020
Episode 28: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
This week Mike and Tom take on the education system of America as well as get on a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kick and a dog training tangent. PLUS! Will this be the week we STUMP THE CHUMP? Tune in!
December 22, 2020
Episode 28: Trailer
This week we are going back to school. And Mike and Tom are not happy about it. But we know we are going to stump the chump this week!
December 18, 2020
Episode 27: Deal or No Deal
Here it is. Deal or No Deal. Mike, Tom and Christian talk about the show and Mike and Tom go off on a few tangents. We try to stump the chump again. Can Christian finally be beaten?!
December 14, 2020
Episode 27: Trailer
This week we feature a game show.
December 6, 2020
Episode 26: Concentration
This week we are headed back to the 50s! One of the first shows back after the game show scandals, Concentration made you use your brain to make matches. Mike and Tom reminisce about the Classic version hosted by Alex Trebek and we try to stump Christian with our first listener submitted question.
November 30, 2020
Episode 26: Trailer
This week we are featuring a show that apparently combines puzzles, matching and using your brain. Plus news, our first listener submitted stump the chump, this week in game show history and more! Join us!
November 28, 2020
Episode 25: Press Your Luck
This week we are featuring Christian's favorite show. No, for real. He could have talked about it for hours. We hit up the news, this week in game show history and once again see if we can stump the Know-it-all Carrion. Plus Mike and Tom dish on the new Supermarket Sweep. Tune in!
November 24, 2020
Episode 25: Trailer
This week we are featuring one of Christian's favorite game shows. Plus we put him to the test again with another Stump the Chump question. Can we finally fool him? And what happened this week in game show history. Tune in to find out!
November 22, 2020
Episode 24: Win Ben Stein's Money
This week we go back to the early 2000s to visit Mike in his college days. We talk with Christian about the new shows coming out this January and even find out if Mike can win a million dollars. Join us!
November 17, 2020
Episode 24: Trailer
This week we are heading back to the late 90s early 2000s and to Mike's college days. Can you figure out what show we are talking about? I Would bet $5000 you could get it!
November 15, 2020
Episode 23: Let's Make a Deal
This week we discuss the American Treasure that is Monty Hall. We also talk about the passing of another in Alex Trebek. Plus the other news, Stump the Chump, This Week in Game Show History and more!
November 9, 2020
Episode 22 - Card Sharks
This week we go back to another classic game show: Card Sharks! Christian has the news and we go down the rabbit hole of game show video games. 100 out of 100 people think this is a great episode!
November 5, 2020
Episode 22 - Trailer
This week we go back to another classic game show. Christian holds all the cards with the news and Mike continues his streak of not freezing up. Check out all the highs and lows of this weeks show!
November 2, 2020
Episode 21 - Wheel of Fortune
Welcome back to Season 2! We are starting back strong with one of America's favorite game shows, Wheel of Fortune! Tom and Mike welcome back Christian with the news and introduce the new feature, Stump the Chump!
October 27, 2020
Episode 21 Trailer
This is the week where we are back with season two! We are showcasing one of the all-time greats! We'll catch up with Christian and much more!
October 24, 2020
TTWTW Presents: Behind the Show: The Million Dollar Cough
This week, join us for a special edition of the show exploring the biggest game show cheating scandal since the 1950s: the Charles Ingram Scandal. We have gathered, researched and interviewed to bring you this look at an amazing story!
October 17, 2020
TTWTW Presents: Behind the Show: The Million Dollar Cough - Trailer
This week, join us for a special edition of the show exploring the biggest game show cheating scandals since the 1950s: the Charles Ingram Scandal. We are ramping up to season 2 and it starts with Tell Them What They've Won Presents: Behind the Show: THe Million Dollar Cough. Don't miss it!
October 10, 2020
Episode 20 - The Really BIG Show!
Join us this week as we wrap up season one with a REALLY BIG SHOW! We feature six different game shows that feature the word "big" in them. Plus Christian gives us even more great info beyond the news! Previews of the off season and what is up next in season 2!
September 14, 2020
Episode 20: The Really Big Show TRAILER!
Join us this week as we close out season one with a really BIG show! We will look at six, count 'em, six featured shows, have even more contributions from Christian and announcements for what is coming up next season!
September 11, 2020
Episode 19: Win, Lose or Draw
This week Tom and Mike take a turn in Burt Reynolds' living room and talk all things WLD. Find out which one of them has the lowest rating for a game show so far and why! Also, Christian comes in with game show news, and we talk about a legend about a temple, too.
September 7, 2020
Episode 19 - Trailer
This week we are asking the age old question, "Can you draw 'Purple People Eater?'." If you can, and your team can guess it in 60 seconds, you may have what it takes to be on the show, Win Lose or Draw! Listen to this trailer, because Tom clearly doesn't.
September 5, 2020
Episode 18 - Gambit
This week we are featuring one of Mike's favorite shows. I mean favorite X-men character. Well, both. Christian concludes his investigation into the lost episode of Carmen Sandiego and more!
August 31, 2020
Episode 18 - Trailer
This week we are featuring one of mike's favorite shows. I mean favorite X-men character. Well, both. Check it out this week!
August 29, 2020
Episode 17 - The Gong Show
This week Mike and Tom tackle one of the zaniest shows to ever broadcast on television. They both surprise themselves on their final opinion of the show, and Christian gets to the bottom of the lost episode of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego!
August 24, 2020
Episode 17 - Trailer
This week our featured show is on the hunt for talent. Tom definitely feels that his bowling skills are qualified enough to be a part. Can you tell what we are GOiNG for?
August 22, 2020
Episode 16 - Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
This week we go back to the glory days of learning geography by watching unhappy children play WITWICS?. A solid part of Mike's upbringing and we talk about it. We also make fun of Christian's appearance (and Hair) on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?. Trust us, it's worth it.
August 17, 2020
Episode 16 - Trailer
In this week's trailer Tom does everything in his power to guess what this week's featured show is. Can you tell from the hint's Mike gives as to what it is? Listen and let us know!
August 15, 2020
Episode 15: Hollywood Squares
This week Mike and Tom finally define their roles by fighting about the worth of the featured game show, Hollywood Squares. Christian comes at us with some news and gets really salty about another show's cancellation. It's a week full of DRAMA!
August 10, 2020
Episode 15 - Trailer
This week the Game Show Guys are featuring a game based on a true childhood favorite. Can you figure out which game it is? Find out this MOnday wherever fine podcasts are downloaded. (Or honestly, wherever you are listening to this trailer right now, duh.)
August 6, 2020
Episode 14: American Gladiators
This week we are featuring our most physical game show yet, American Gladiators. Join Tower (Mike) and Nitro (Tom) as they talk all things AG and Turbo (Christian) joins them for the news. Tom also puts Mike through a game of American Gladiator or Running Man Stalker!
August 3, 2020
Episode 14 - Trailer
What do horse poop, an Elvis Impersonator and Armitron have in common? They are all related to our featured show this week. See if the hints in this teaser can help you figure it out and we'll gladly give you a thumbs up!
August 1, 2020
Episode 13: The Joker's Wild
This week The Game Show Guys are embracing the little devil on our shoulder and featuring the Joker's Wild. Mike's virgin ears are pierced with the vulgarity of one of the game show's hosts! Christian with the news and TABLE TOP PLINKO IS HERE!
July 27, 2020
Episode 13 - Trailer
This week we are embracing the little devil on our shoulder and featuring a game show that involves lots of gambling themes. And although we don't lose money, Mike's virgin ears are pierced with the vulgarity of one of the game show's hosts! Christian with the news and more!
July 26, 2020
Episode 12: Scrabble
This week we kick it old school with the crossword style game, Scrabble! Listen in as Mike and Tom geek out about Chuck Woolery's hosting skills, and Christian tells us about the one of the most expensive accidents in game show history. It's a three letter word for America's Favorite Game Show Podcast - FUN!
July 20, 2020
Episode 12 - Trailer
This week MIke and Tom go back in time to talk about one of their favorite game show hosts in the show that he is not best known for. Listen in to this trailer and see if you can figure out what show we are featuring this week!
July 18, 2020
Episode 11: Password
This week on the show, Mike and Tom feature a game show that is totally approachable for almost any age with minimal game play but a whole bunch of history. Christian dives deep into the battle of the sexes and Mike discovers a true American treasure. The password is....FUN!
July 13, 2020
Episode 11 - Trailer
This week on the show can Mike and Tom feature a game show that has been fictionalized a time or two. Listen to the celebrity pair-ups in this trailer to find out what approachable feature we have for you this week.
July 11, 2020
Episode 10: Supermarket Sweep
This week on the show we talk about the nostalgic hit of Supermarket Sweep. Christian has the news, Mike and Tom go down the Toys R Us Super Toy Run rabbit hole and we finally talk Floor is Lava.
July 6, 2020
Episode 10 - Trailer
Does Mike have what it takes to make it on our next featured game show? Listen in and tell us what your guess is for this week's episode! #tomhastoomuchfunwiththese
July 4, 2020
Episode 9: Remote Control
On the show this week we go back to the late 80s / early 90s and get into the craziness that was Remote Control. We also have Christian with the news, Mike admits to reading Playboy as a kid and Tom gets all up in the Dad Rock. What a show!
June 29, 2020
Episode 9 - Trailer
This week we are featuring a show that takes us back to the 80s and 90s. What is it? Listen up and give us a guess!
June 27, 2020
Episode 8: Match Game
This week we visit the celebrity party that is Match Game. Mike and Tom go head to head on the feels for it, and Christian has a _____ beginning to the news. Listen in to fill in the blank!
June 22, 2020
Episode 8 - Trailer
Mike and Tom are going head to head on this one! Is it great or is it terrible! Get out your orange shag for this!
June 20, 2020
Episode 7: Cash Cab
Special guest and host of Cash Cab: Chicago, Beth Melewski, joins the show and takes us behind the scenes and gives us the inside scoop on everything Cash Cab! Plus Mike and Christian nerd out on video game tennis and Tom waxes poetically (again). Don't miss this one!
June 15, 2020
Episode 7 - Trailer
This week we take the production to another level because we have a very special guest on the show. That and I just like making Mike and I have to act like fools a lot. Check out this weeks promo and find out who the big guest is going to be!
June 11, 2020
Episode 6: Double Dare
Mike and Tom take a HUGE trip down the nostalgia highway by going back in time to showcase Double Dare, everyone's favorite kids game show from the 80s till today! Find out where the name GAK came from, how the sights and smells of the game are simply unforgetable and why there were never any poop obstacles. All that and Christian with the news and The Week In Game Show History!
June 8, 2020
Episode 6 - Trailer
Can you guess what game show we are going to feature this week? 10-year-old Mike Jacobs can! Listen in to what will probably be our messiest episode yet!
June 5, 2020
Episode 5: Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
This week on the show Christian comes in with the news, Tom talks about how he used to host a local version of Millionaire, and Mike makes the discovery that he is smarter than the average millionaire. Listen in to hear about the game show that changed the look and feel of the industry with just one chair.
June 1, 2020
Episode 5 - Trailer
Sometimes I think we have as much fun with the trailers as we do the podcast. See if Mike can figure out what the feature game show is going to be this week. Better yet, can you?
May 29, 2020
Episode 4 - The Pyramid
This week we feature the game show that won nine daytime emmy awards and had more name changes than any other game show in history - The Pyramid! Tom gets to talk dead people, Christian from buzzerblog.com joins us live for news and Mike finds out he shares a very special birthday! Don't miss this episode!
May 25, 2020
Episode 4 Trailer - The Pyramid
Listen in this week and find out about DEAD PEOPLE! Well, At least two hosts are dead. But the Pyramid is a National Treasure!
May 22, 2020
Episode 3 - You Bet Your Life
This week we go WAY back in time to welcome Groucho Marx to the party. It is You Bet Your LIfe and we talk all about it. We are proud to bring in our new partner, BuzzerBlog.com and their News Editor, Christian Carrion to get us up to date with what is going on in the game show world! And Mike may be forced to Tarzan.
May 19, 2020
Episode 3 Trailer - You Bet Your Life
Week Three has us going old school to bring back the days of Groucho Marx. You won't believe some of the guests they had on this show! Tune in this Monday!
May 15, 2020
Episode 2 - The Price is Right
This week we talk about all things Price is Right. Well as much as we can cram in, anyway. Literally, the history of the Price is Right is the history of the game show. Plus what is new in the world of game shows and Mike may even yodel.
May 11, 2020
Episode 2 Trailer - The Price is Right
This week, we're talking The Price is Right! Join us for 30 minutes of game show news and information, plus Mike will shave his head. www.tellthemwhattheyvewon.com #gameshow #awesome
May 8, 2020
Episode 1 - Family Feud
Welcome to Tell Them What They've Won! This is our first episode where we discuss what is new in the world of game shows and showcase our featured show, Family Feud! From Richard Dawson to Steve Harvey, we talk about them all. Give us a listen and let us know what you think. Obviously, we are going to be growing this in many ways, behind the show, interview and game play episodes all coming to a podcast player near you! Thanks for listening!
May 1, 2020
Episode 1 Trailer
Join us this week as we debut our brand new podcast! Our featured show will be Family Feud!
April 23, 2020