Lexi & Banks found an old wikihow article about How to be Caller 10 to a Radio Station. It was a little outdated, but surprisingly accurate! So here’s the updated version:
Don’t call too late or too early because the radio station starts accepting calls after the contest has been solicited and the new song or commercials have started. Therefore wait until they say they are going to play the music or news so that you have a chance for your phone to ring. Truth!
Learn the “delay” of your phone. If you use a cell phone, it usually takes about 5 seconds or so for the call to start, so call ahead. Truth!
Enter the phone number of the radio station in your speed dial so that you can push one button to initiate the dialing sequence. This will prevent you from making mistakes in the number. This one is up to you, it’s definitely quicker, but 877-MIX-1079 is pretty easy!
Remember that the phones inside the studios don’t ring out loud and they just have a little flashing light. Don’t give up when no one answers in 20 rings. Hang in there. They may be getting to you. True, we can’t have phones constantly ringing on air.
If you’re caller number 4, 7, 9 in the giveaway you shouldn’t give up. Even if you’re caller 9 and they’re looking for the 10th caller. DJ’s often get distracted and don’t answer the phone lines in order they start ringing, as quickly as they should or sometimes the other callers will hang up, just keep trying until the winner is announced or they answer and say they’ve got a winner. It’s sometimes impossible to tell which call came in first, so we usually just run down the line, if you’re not #10 always call back!
Radio stations usually do their giveaways at the same time each hour. They may not do it 24 hours a day but if you hear it around 2:30 chances are the bottom of the hour is prize time. Yes, we set appointments. We here at Mix 107.9 want you to know when we’re giving things away! If you’re unsure, appointment times are on our website! Speaking of websites…
More radio stations are also doing web based giveaways of the same things given away on air. Check the station’s website and register to be a VIP, registered user, etc. Don’t forget to opt in. You aren’t restricted to winning on the air. Sometimes they’ll even tease the website users with the exact time of a certain contest or give you chances to win online. True! We do online ONLY promotions all the time! Sign up for our newsletter, and we’ll let you know what’s happening!
Be engaging! Most DJ’s have Facebook pages accessible from the station’s website. Send a polite email or message telling them how much you love the station, that they’re your favorite DJ. Most all DJ’s have egos so play up to it. True, we love hearing from our listeners, and a little love can go a long way!
Make sure you’re playing up to the local DJ’s and not the ones pre-recording their show from another state. If the DJ does live broadcast in your town they’re probably local. If you hear them but never see them out, don’t bother. Sad, but true! A lot of the stations here in Utah are owned by gigantic national corporations… But not us! Mix 107.9 is 100% live and local! All our winners live on the Wasatch Front!
Don’t just call every time you hear a contest. Most stations have limits to how many times you can win in a 30 day period. Don’t call to win the movie tickets if you know Katy Perry tickets are going on sale soon! Not true! We like our regulars, so we put a value limit on our prizes, you can win more than once within 30 days, as long as the combined value is under $500!
Most importantly… BE NICE! All of our DJ’s are passionate about what they do, and love giving things away. A caller who is excited, grateful, and upbeat makes an on-air call SO much better!
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