Jon "Bowzer" Bauman
Phil Hartman
M.G. Kelly
The Pop N Rocker Game
Syndication (Weekly): 9/17/1983 – 9/1984
Alan Landsburg Productions
Ron Greenberg Productions
MCA Television


"From Los Angeles, California; the music capital of the world, here it comes! The Pop 'N Rocker Game…A Game in Concert!"

Sponsor: The Pop 'N Rocker Game show is brought to you in part by (insert sponsor) and by (insert sponsor)!

"And now, here's your host, Jon Bauman!"

The Pop 'N Rocker Game was the short-lived, weekly musical game show that lasted one season. The show's tagline was formerly known as "A Game in Concert".


Three contestants competed in this one-year-old game show focusing on rock music.

Main GameEdit

Round 1Edit

Five or six musical questions (some of them were visuals) were asked to the contestants. The first player to buzz-in with a correct answer on each question won $50.

Round 2: Countdown RoundEdit

In the second & final round, the three contestants played a 60-second speed round. Jon read rapid-fire questions and the first players to buzz-in with a correct answer won money. The first question was worth $50, and every question after that was worth $10 more than the previous. If time ran out while Jon was reading a question, he would continue and the contestants were still free to answer.

The player with the most money at the end of this round won the game. If the game ended in a tie, one last question was read to the players who were tied; the player to buzz-in and answer that question correctly won the game. The winner of the game won a chance to play the "Superstar" Round.

Superstar (Bonus Round)Edit

In the "Superstar" bonus game, the winning player had 30 seconds to unscramble the names of three bands. Jon would read a clue to each band. If the winning contestant could successfully unscramble the three bands, he/she won a $2,000+ prize package.

Musical GuestsEdit

On each show, well-known bands or artists came on the show to perform their compositions. The first musical guest(s) performed at the end of the first round before which he/she/they were the answer to the last question. The second guest(s) was/were the answer to one of the scrambles in the bonus round, and would perform afterwards. Finally, the show would close with the first performer.


Alternate LogosEdit

Trade Ads and TicketEdit

Development PresentationEdit


Bruce Gary & Berton Averre


ABC Television Center, Los Angeles, CA


Host Jon Bauman would later host another short-lived game show called Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour in the same year for NBC Daytime from 1983 until 1984.


  • New York – WABC
  • Los Angeles – KTLA

YouTube VideosEdit

Oingo Boingo visits & performs on The Pop 'N Rocker Game
Motley Crue visits & performs on The Pop 'N Rocker Game
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