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Sunday August 30

Posted on Aug 30, 2020


Unbelievable. I can’t believe Beat the Bank is back! I thought for sure we’d seen the last of these major money giveaways, but here they are, throwing money around like mad again. I’m so excited! For ALL of us!!!

Starting tomorrow at 7:05, you could win at least $50 but probably even more than that. If you hear the alarm, you will still win $100 to Kobe Steak & Seafood House – nice! You can try your luck at 7:05 and 8:05 each weekday morning (except Labour Day) until October 30th.

Virgin Radio is following in Rogers’ footsteps and playing a “listen for the code word and text it to us” game across the provinces. The code word will be said six times per weekday in BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. The code word will be different at each station, and you will have 10 minutes to either TEXT it in or ENTER it online here. After the window closes, each station will call someone back to let them know they qualified to be in the draw for $100,000. As the contest is open to all Canadian residents and not only those within listening range of the stations, there may be entries from all the provinces (though I’m not sure the Edmonton station would call back someone who texted in from Saskatoon…)

This contest only goes to September 25th, so with 11 stations picking 6 winners per day for 19 days, there will 1254 people in that draw – those are really good odds for such a great prize. Try to get in on that if you can! The winner will be chosen on September 28th at 6am our time and you MUST answer the phone when they call in order to win. Take your phone off MUTE before you go to bed on September 27th if you’re in the draw!

Virgin is also doing their Campus Craze this year but instead of going to the schools to collect ballots, they’ve moved the entry to online HERE. Enter ONLY IF you are “legal residents of British Colombia who are nineteen (19) years of age or older and who are a full- or part-time student of a third level academic institution for the 2020/21 academic year.” I don’t know what a third level academic institution is but I’m assuming any post-secondary legit school will do.

Over on the JR front, you can enter HERE to have Shawn Austin come sing at your weekend block party, as long as that party is on September 12th between 12 and 1:30pm. They will bring lunch and bevvies for up to 50 people if you promise to socially distance for the entire party. Do you promise?

JR also has some vinyl records for prizes during Head Blank and Secret Word. Fun! What’s NOT fun is the loss of Barbara Beam from their hosts. She got fired a few weeks back after 8 years of hosting. Kristen Jade takes over her 9-2 spot. If they had to go on a firing binge, I’m relieved Clay & Karen are safe!

The Peak has weekly bicycles from Dunbar Cycles – spin the wheel on weekday mornings and answer a trivia question to get into the draw. There are only 5 people in the draw – great odds!

CFOX is doing something weird – they want you to get your famous friend to call them between now and October 1st. Then the “judges” will pick the most entertaining calls and put them up on their site for people to VOTE for the winner. The winner receives $10,000 and the winner’s famous friend gets $10,000 for their favourite charity. If you have a famous friend who would be up for this, tell them first and then go enter HERE.

The problem I have with this is the ability for some people to buy votes from strangers around the world (ie. you vote for my thing and I’ll vote for your thing.) It can be ridiculously unfair. Obviously I’m not entering because I don’t know anyone famous, but I’ll be watching this shitshow online in October.

Rock 101 has a Sleep Country prize which you can enter for HERE. Also listen weekdays during the noon hour to win a separate (smaller) Sleep Country prize (a pillow, some sheets, etc.) Willy mentioned something upcoming but I can’t remember what it was. I’ll update this post when I remember…

Kid Carson is giving away cash but not until next week, but you should still go enter HERE now. Then starting next Tuesday (the 8th), listen for your name at 8, 12 and 5. If you hear it, you have 9 minutes and 53 seconds to call them back to win yourself $500. SWEEEEEET!! I won’t be listening at 8 but I’m still going to enter for the 12 and 5 slots because I just have to. I actually had a dream about Kid C this summer – he was giving me a ride somewhere and we were chatting away. When he realized I was ContestsVan, he went eerily silent and I got scared so I woke myself up. LOL!

I cruised The Breeze’s site for contests but there were none to be seen. Instead, I found THIS there! It was so beautiful and such a surprise, I’m stunned. Standing ovation for The Breeze!!!

Also, standing o for my kids who were absolute rock stars and wore their masks for the entire 22 hours of transit from Helsinki to Vancouver with ZERO complaints. My kids are friggin’ awesome! We are now in quarantine until school starts. Totally worth it, we had a good visit with my Mom.

I wrote an opinion piece for CBC and they published it while we were away. You can read that HERE if you want.




5:40 – JRFM, Secret Word given (vinyl record or $50 to Daniadown)

7 – 9 – JRFM, Secret Word said (vinyl record or $50 to Daniadown)

7:00 – Virgin, Destroy Your Debt code word

7:05 – QMFM, Beat the Bank

8:00 – Peak, Wheelie Awesome Trivia

8:00 – Virgin, Destroy Your Debt code word

8:05 – QMFM, Beat the Bank

8:10 – Kiss, Whatchamacallit

10:00 – Virgin, Destroy Your Debt code word

12 – 1 – Rock 101, Sleep Country prize

12:00 – Virgin, Destroy Your Debt code word

3:00 – Virgin, Destroy Your Debt code word

4:00 – Zed, Alphabucks

4:30 – JR, Head Blank (vinyl record)

5:00 – Virgin, Destroy Your Debt code word