Radio Contest Winners Tell Their Stories

radioI got an interesting email from Race Coach the other day. He had a couple of neat stories as to how he won prizes from CFNY / Edge 102. Here's his email.

I was thinking it might be interesting to blog about prizes people have won at CFNY, err The Edge. I don't bother trying to win prizes from the radio any more, but there was a time ....

1) I was washing my car out on the front lawn, listening to CFNY. The Live Earl Jive was on, and he just mentioned something between songs: "If you see a CFNY cruiser with a wind surfer on top, stop and ask how to win it". I didn't pay much attention. But, later that day, I was heading to work at Ontario Place, along Lakeshore Blvd, and saw the cruiser parked in a gas station. I pulled a U-ee and rolled down my window. "How do you win that think?", I said. "You just did", was the reply. That was the start of my windsurfing career.

2) The next one is a little vague. I remember going to a sporting event, in a box that was sponsored by CFNY. I imagine I must have won something, just to get there. Then, during the event, they drew names. The winners got to go to Winnipeg for a CFL game with Humble and Fred. Low and behold, I won (along with a bunch of other people). So, on a frigid, grey weekend a bunch of us flew to Winnipeg, sat outside on aluminum seats, froze out nuts off and watched a bad game of football. It was AWESOME! Humble and Fred were great hosts, and made the event particularly fun.

I've never won a radio contest, but I've never called in to win, which may explain my futility. I did win Jays tickets and an invitation to 680 CFTR's Pizza Pizza pre-game party, but that wasn't through the radio. That's a neat story you can read here.

I'm interested to know who out there has won anything interesting from a radio contest and how it all went down. Share in the comments!

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since you brought up wkrp the other day remember when that guy got his prize for guessing all the songs and then the real guy with the cough came afterwards?

June 23, 2009 @ 7:32 PM


There you go promoting Edge and their bad music. Why don't you listen to stations outside the country or the province that play REAL music, you Edge apologist.

June 23, 2009 @ 7:40 PM

Toronto Mike

Andrew, don't make me write a "To Ban Andrew or Not to Ban Andrew" entry!

June 23, 2009 @ 7:41 PM


I am implementing Mike Stafford protocol Number ONE-

"Shut up when adults are talking"

I suggest you heed those words or Toronto Mike should implement Mike Stafford protocol Number TWO.
(reference: Mike Stafford comments on June 20, 2009 at 12:16pm, Subject: OJ Boy: To Ban or Not To Ban?)

June 23, 2009 @ 8:27 PM

Brian McGregor

Thanks for contributing my story. Although nostalgic, I think it is just fun.

Andrew is being a dick. In extreme cases, dicks need to be cut off.

Hopefully others share their stories about the prizes they've won ... from ANY RADIO STATION.

June 23, 2009 @ 8:39 PM

Toronto Mike

Andrew, a guy I had never met, lent me all five seasons of The Greatest Show On Television, Ever. I'd ban myself before I'd ban St. Andrew.

Does anyone miss OJ Boy yet?

Brian, I love that wind surfer story. I wasn't sure if you wanted me to credit Brian or your alias, Race Coach.

June 23, 2009 @ 8:42 PM


I won tickets to see Big Wreck at Lee's Palace in '98 from Q107 by calling in and correctly identifying that the band was formed in Boston.

I also won tickets to see the Headstones from Q later that same year at some bar in Brampton (I think it was, at least). No skill-testing question for that one though, jjust a straight call in & win.

I guess it paid off to be a pizza delivery guy with a cell phone that summer.

June 23, 2009 @ 10:01 PM


Back when I was 12 or 13, my best friend and I were gaga over Haywire. We had all of their videos on VHS, and spent our lunch hour in her basement, watching them over and over again.

One day, I was listening to CKSL 1410 back when it played music and am radio was cool, (back in the days of Rich Grevin & Norm Borg) and they were giving away tickets to the Helix/Haywire concert at London Gardens. All they wanted was the first caller able to answer the question "How many number one ALBUMS did the Beach Boys have?"

Imagine their surprise when a 13 year old girl guessed and got it right.... TWO.

My friend and I went to the concert, and by the time our parents picked us up, we were deaf, and high from the pot fumes that started up when Helix took the stage LOL

June 24, 2009 @ 1:16 AM

James Edgar

I won Tool tickets and a copy of Undertow from martin Streek and Pete Fowler on the Thursday 30. I lived near the Bloor and Bathurst studio and often dropped by on Thursdays but decided not too one time when I was passing by, Just after getting home i heard something about caling for tol tickets . I did and was shocked to win.
I was glad I had not dropped in to see the guys.
Great show at the old Masonic temple.

June 24, 2009 @ 7:25 AM


I think my sarcasm was lost in translation.

I won a prize pack from an oldies 1090 (was oldies, wasn't oldies, was oldies,) for calling in and knowing that Robin Williams "Mork" guest starred on Happy Days and wanted to kidnap Richie.

I never claimed the prize pack.

I also won on EZ Crap FM (work radio..bleh) for writing in a story about my crappy dad and I won a $100 Gift Certificate for a golf store. I claimed that one but apparently could have won a trip to the Carribean if I had called in when they read the story.
I was off work that day.

June 24, 2009 @ 8:38 AM


Best memory of a contest was when an employee of Q107 won $98,000 from CHFI, and wore his Q107 shirt for the prize pick-up/photo op.

June 24, 2009 @ 8:32 PM


Well I can't top 98k from 'FI, but a movie ticket from the CFTR crusier at The Ex back in the 70s, a board game, beer festival tickets and concert tickets just by phoning at the right time...oh yeah, and a $1,000 from MIX in the pre-Virgin Days for being caller 25.

The most unexpected win was $500 from Q107 in the mid-80s during a simulcast of a Supertramp concert on (I think) Superchannel. The sound was horrendous, and song after song sounded like shyte, so I phoned to complain about the sound. I never got to complain, but after an eternity of ringing, the pay song of the week came on as part of the simulcast - and suddenly the phone got answered and I won $500! :-)

June 24, 2009 @ 8:52 PM


I won Next Big Thing tickets from the edge for Blue October. I lived in north york, drove down and picked them up. I'm not one to pass up a concert, no matter who it is. I was pleasenty surprised...Blue October is one of my favourite bands now.

PS: I only listen to LoriAnn and DBS now on the edge...why would they let go of Martin and Barry? Bookie sucks, Josie can go die...stupid blonde

July 3, 2009 @ 10:03 PM

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January 6, 2010 @ 8:49 AM

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