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

How to Win Radio Contests and Call-In Sweepstakes

Phone-in radio contests are well worth entering because the number of entries is much lower than with most 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 the prizes offered on the air.

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 more likely to hold competitions. 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.

Jot Down Information That Can Help You Win

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Take notes about the sweepstakes offered by the different stations. For example, if they announce an upcoming sweep, write down the date, time, station name, and telephone number in a calendar. Also, write down useful information like the song or sound that will indicate when it's time to call and any hints or tips the DJ might offer. Use this information to set up a schedule, so that you can see at a glance when you should start to call the station.

Set Up Reminders

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Set up reminders to notify you 10 to 15 minutes before the radio sweepstakes you want to enter are due to start so that you have plenty of time to turn on your radio and get your phone ready. Email programs such as Outlook, calendar programs like Google Calendar, digital watches, and cell phones provide free and easy ways to set reminders.

Add Radio Station Phone Numbers to Speed Dial

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Most radio stations ask listeners to call the same telephone numbers for all of their giveaways. Add these numbers to the speed dial of your telephone or cell phone so that you don't risk misdialing when you make your call. Having the telephone number pre-programmed with also help you dial faster.

Be Persistent

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It takes a lot of luck to call into a radio sweepstakes one time and be the lucky winner. Your odds will be higher if you get more calls in before the winner is announced. So once the giveaway begins, your strategy should be to call and, if you're not the winner, hang up and call again as quickly as possible. Don't give up if it seems like a lot of time has passed; some stations wait a while before they start picking winners. Don't stop calling until the winner is announced on the air.

Use Flash and Redial

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Since your goal is to get as many calls through to the station as quickly as possible, reducing the time between calls is a good strategy to boost your odds. If your phone has flash and redial buttons, this 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!

Use More Than One Phone

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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. 

Land Line Phones Are Faster

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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!

Cancel Extraneous Phone Services

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Your phone company might have extra services (such as three-way calling) available on your phone line, even if you never use those services. By canceling extra features you don't use, you may be able to speed up your connection and hang up times.

Get a Little Help From Your Friends

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Your Sweepstakes Friends Can Help You Win Radio Contests. Cristian Baitg / Getty Images

Team up with your local sweepstakes club or with interested friends to help each other win. Your radio sweepstakes group can share information about sweepstakes and listen for announcements of winning names, greatly increasing your chances of winning.