The Fall is a great time of year, the leafs start changing colour, the air gets a little cooler and more importantly, you can win tons of cool shit from your radio stations. Just like with television shows, the fall is a time to launch a whole new radio season. So most stations kick off the season with crazy big contests in an attempt to pull in new listeners with trips and lots of cash!
With so many stations in Calgary, it’s hard to keep track of all the contests going on right now. I thought I would break down some of my favourites….and one of my least.
I never feel right entering these things, but if you win, how about you give me 5%? Or invite me to be your plus one to Banff or Mexico. I’m not really expecting you to take me, but I would have always wondered if I hadn’t asked.
Here are all the contests going on right now in the city! Good luck!

Contest: One Weekend Only
Premise: Anytime you hear an Our Lady Peace song, call in. The 9th caller wins.
How often: unknown…..that’s part of the fun.
Top Prize: Bus to Banff, two nights accommodation, sponsor filled survival kit. Our Lady Peace concert on Friday night and then a surprise band on Saturday. Please say it’s the Moffats.
101.5 EnergyFM
Contest: Beat The Bank
Premise: Sorta like Deal or No Deal, only on the radio and just as stressful.
How Often: 3 times a day.
Top Prize: $25,000
Jack FM
Contest: JACK’s $100,000 BIG BAG OF CASH
Premise: Just like Beat the Bank, which is just like Deal or No Deal
How often: 3 times a day.
Top Prize: $100,000!!!!!!!!!
Vibe 98.5
Contest: Pay Your Bills
Premise: Submit your bills and listen for your name. If you hear it, you have 9 minutes 85 seconds to call. Other wise known as ten minutes and twenty-five seconds.
How often: 6 times a day.
Top Prize: All winners are put in a draw for the $10,000 grand prize.
Mix 97.7
Contest:Keith Urban Tickets and Keith Urban Backstage Experience.
Premise: Submit a picture of you with Keith Urban. You can use photoshop, or find bus stops all over the city and take take picture with the bench.
How often: Four times a day.
Top prize: Keith Urban tickets will be given away all day, and then one person will get a full backstage experience complete with spas, limos and (strangely enough) burgers.
Lite 96
Contest: Trip-A-Day Giveaway
Premise: Just listen for the cue to call in (403-245-LITE). If you are caller number nine and a Platinum VIP Member, you will INSTANTLY WIN. (In case you didn’t know, it’s lame that you have to be a member to win. Who runs this contest? Costco?
How Often: Once a day
Top Prize: All-inclusive trip to Mexico!
And worst of all……
XL 103FM
Contest: Nothing really, just a bunch of different draws for gift certificates.
Premise: Call in to win.
How often: Does it matter?
Top Prize: I would hardly consider any of them prizes.

Mike Morrison


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