I normally listen to the radio whenever I am in my car. Occasionally I’ll hook up my phone and listen to a podcast (like the Two Guys and Your Money podcast) but I’d say about 90% of the time I’m listening to the radio. On my way to work I listen to a morning show and on the way home there is a similar evening commute show.
Step 1 – Listen During Giveaway Times
If you aren’t listening when the giveaways happen you have a zero shot at winning. Radio stations normally run contests or giveaways during the peak listening hours. Peak listening hours happen to coincide with my commutes. Over the last year I’ve been fortunate enough to win 3 of these giveaways.
I have won 4 movie tickets on an afternoon radio show while I was painting my new townhouse on a day off. Later I won a $25 Bonefish Grill gift card when commuting to the new house which was an hour and a half away at the time. Just last month I won two free rounds of mini golf at the best mini golf location in Panama City Beach, Florida. When did I win this last prize? You guessed it while I was commuting.
One way to get a leg up is to know in advance exactly when the giveaways will be happening. Sometimes you can get some inside information by following the radio station’s or radio show’s Facebook page. They often post in advance a general time to listen to try to win, especially with the bigger contests.
Step 2 – If You Don’t Call You’ll Never Win
Be honest. How many times have you tried to call into a radio station to win a contest? If the answer is zero that is the reason why you haven’t won anything yet. If you never try you can’t ever win! For a long time I would never call in to try to win radio contests and giveaways, after all what is the chance I’ll get through? The bigger the city you live in the harder it will be to get through but if you never call you’ll NEVER get through.
So now that you’ve finally decided to call in to these contests there are a couple ways you can get a leg up. Either have the phone number memorized or have it on speed dial on your phone. When these contests tell you to call in you normally have to call in pretty fast!
Each time I have won I called immediately after they announced the signal to call in and kept dialing until I got through. You’ll often get a busy signal but if the line starts ringing you have a shot to win. Sometimes you’ll be a few callers too early if they want caller #10, and other times the phone will ring forever because they already have selected their winner and you just happened to get stuck on a non winning line. If they answer the phone say anything other than your caller number chances are that you ARE caller #10 so talk like you’re on the radio! Now on to the last step to win.
Step 3 – Know the Contest/Giveaway and Know What You Need to Know to Win
There are some easy contests/giveaways where you have to only be caller #10 to win but there are many more that require you to know some random piece of knowledge to win the prize. You might have to tell the host what the last song they played was either by artist, title of song or both. You might have to finish the lyrics of a song or answer a question about something on that was said on the radio show yesterday.
Know the contest so you can make sure you have the best chance possible to win. If you are in your office write the answer down while you’re calling in so you don’t forget when you are put on the spot. The first two contests I won just required that I be caller #10 but the most recent contest required me to identify the lyrics to a song after they were recited like a poem by the host. It was quite easy because the lyrics weren’t in English and I knew that Gangam Style by PSY has been huge recently. I guessed Gangam Style and won! (Note: A big thanks to Budgets Are Sexy for having a post about the song, otherwise I may not have known the answer!)
Have you ever won anything on a radio contest? If not, have you at least tried to win? Now that you know the secrets, will you be calling in more often? Let me know in the comments below!