Winning Radio Contests: 10 Tips to Boost Your Chances to Win on the Air

Trying to Be Caller Number Ten? Here's How to Win Radio Contests

Call-in radio contests are worth entering because they get fewer entries than online sweepstakes. Only people in your area who are listening at the right time will be able to enter, and a good portion of the ones who are listening won't bother to try to win. This means that your chances of winning are very high. Furthermore, by entering intelligently, you can boost your chances even more. Here are ten tips to help you claim prizes offered on the air.

1
Listen to Different Radio Stations

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In order to stay abreast of current radio sweepstakes, listen to different radio stations whenever you have the time. Get to know the stations' patterns, like when they announce their "song of the day" and which DJs are most likely to hold giveaways. Remember that some stations offer streaming audio of their stations so that you can listen to them on your computer, even when you are not near a radio.

Some radio stations might have better odds of winning than others. For example, radio stations on local college campuses may have more giveaways and fewer listeners.

2
Jot Down Information That Can Help You Win

 

If you want to get an edge over the other entrants in radio contests, you need to be organized. In order to stay on top of the different giveaways offered by different stations, you need to take notes.

For example, when you hear an announcement about an upcoming giveaway, write down the date, time, station name, and telephone number in a calendar (or use an online calendar, like ).

Other useful information to jot down in your notes include the song or sound that will indicate when it's time to call and any hints or tips the DJ might offer.

Some call-in giveaways will ask their entrants to answer trivia questions or to gather clues to win the prize. Include any tips that can help you get the right answers in your notes.

Use this information to set up a schedule so that you don't miss any giveaways.

3
Set Up Reminders

Once you have your schedule in place, set up reminders to notify you 10 to 15 minutes before the radio sweepstakes you want to enter are due to start. This gives you plenty of time to turn on your radio and get your phone ready.

If you are using an online calendar to organize your notes, you can easily set a reminder in the app. This is handy because you'll have everything all in one place.

If you prefer to keep paper notes, you can set up reminders on your cell phone, download for your computer, or use a .

4
Add Radio Station Phone Numbers to Speed Dial

Most radio stations ask listeners to call the same telephone numbers for all of their giveaways. You can give yourself an edge by adding these numbers to the speed dial of your telephone or cell phone. Not only will you dial more quickly, but you won't run the risk of misdialing when you make your call and losing your chance to win.

It's a good idea to cross-reference the phone number you have on speed dial with your notes before it's time to make the call, though. You don't want to call the wrong number if the giveaway is using a different line.

5
Keep Calling Until You Win (Or You're Sure You Haven't)

One mistake that a lot of people make with radio giveaways is to call once and give up if they hit a busy signal. It's likely that you will be calling at the same time as many other callers, but that doesn't mean that you don't have a chance of winning.

When you get a busy signal, hang up and call again immediately. And again. And again. Even if you get through and find out that you are not the right caller, try again. Many people have redialed and won the second time their call gets through.

Don't give up if it seems like a lot of time has passed; some stations wait a while before they start picking winners. Keep calling until the winner is announced on the air.

6
Use Flash and Redial

Since your goal is to get as many calls through to the station as quickly as possible, reducing the time it takes your phone to dial again boosts your odds. If your phone has flash and redial buttons, using them will speed up your call time.

Flash hangs up the phone more quickly, and redial will save you the time of entering the number by hand or scrolling to your saved speed dial every time. Just be sure that you don't hang up so quickly that you mistake a ring for a busy signal!

7
Use More Than One Phone

If you have two telephones available, such as a house phone and a cell phone, call in with both at the same time. This will double your chances of getting through. Using your phones' speaker function will make it easier to keep track of which phone is getting through or reaching a busy signal. 

8
Land Line Phones Are Faster

Cell phones usually take longer to dial and to hang up than regular phones. If you have to make a choice between the two, enter with a regular phone. However, it's better to try to enter with a cell phone than to have no chance of winning at all!

9
Cancel Extraneous Phone Services

Your phone company might have extra services such as three-way calling available on your phone line, even if you never use those services. Those features can slow down your redial time.

By all means, keep any services that you find useful. But it's not a bad idea to talk with your phone company about canceling extra features you don't use. Doing so may speed up your connection and hang up times.

10
Get a Little Help From Your Friends

Team up with your local sweepstakes club or with interested friends to help each other win. You can ask the friend that you're planning to take to the concert to try to win, too, or set up a group on Facebook of local friends who can help each other win on the air.

Your radio sweepstakes group can share information about sweepstakes and listen for announcements of winning names, greatly increasing your chances of winning.

11
Bonus Tip: Be Picky About What You Enter to Win

Radio stations give away a wide variety of prizes, ranging from CDs to thousands of dollars in cash. But nearly every station has a limit on how often people can win from them in a certain time period, such as 30 days. Some networks even limit the number of wins you can get across all of their radio stations.

As fun as it is to win any prize, it's a good idea to avoid trying to win anything that you aren't excited about. It would be a shame if winning a CD from a band that you don't really like ended up with you being prohibited from entering to win a $10,000 prize, for example.