Radio listeners all over the world are always entering contests in the hopes of winning amazing prizes or wonderful getaways. Radio contests have always proven to be popular, help raise listening figures and are in my opinion the most exciting competitions out there as radio offers an instant reaction and the chance to hear the emotions of the listener as they strive to win big prizes in real time.  Whether it be to win a few hundred in cash or a trip to Cuba, there is always a new and interesting contest awaiting listeners somewhere on the radio dial.

Here are the most popular radio competitions that radio stations run some of the lest costly options you may like to consider using if you’re an internet radio station looking for new listeners.

Radio Station Gift Card Competitions

Everyone loves gift cards! It gives the listener the ability to win money to shop at your favourite store and best of all they pick the prize themselves! Winning gift cards for iTunes, Spotify and other online music services will become more and more popular as the cloud replaces traditional CD collections.

Money Contests on the Radio

Win money

Win money

Generally ranging from hundreds to thousands, the listener is presented with the ability to win extra money.  These contests generally occur around Christmas time or other major holidays when many people struggle with debt. A popular UK contest on Capital FM London has been the “Birthday Bonanza” where the breakfast show host would read out a birthday and if it’s yours you needed to call in to win!

Win Trips Abroad On Air

Win a holiday

Win a holiday

Out of all of the contests available, winning a trip seems to be one of the most popular with listeners.  The trips available are generally to warm climates such as the Dominican Republic, Mexico or Cuba.  They also tend to last for up to a week or sometimes longer depending on the radio station that you listen to.  Having the ability to win a trip to your favourite location can be extremely exciting plus the radio station may come out with you and do an outside broadcast.

Radio Station Concert/Event Ticket Promotions

Sometimes when you are interested in attending a popular event or concert such as a football match, baseball game or a Justin Bieber concert, the tickets sell out extraordinarily fast. Radio stations are generally given a selection or pre-reserved tickets to give away to their listeners when the tickets have sold out.

Toy Giveaways on the Radio

The only time when toys are given away will be around special holidays such as Easter or Christmas so that individual listeners can win some extra presents from the radio station.

Most popular radio competitions

Most popular radio competitions

Radio competitions are a great way to win and not all are as popular as they may seem on air (that’s the magic of radio). If you talk to any radio presenter they will tell you that there are “regulars” who call for every contest even if it’s simply the chance to win a used jam jar. Considering that there are many radio stations in a city, the chances of winning are fairly high if you are able to contact all of the radio stations that are holding contests. Although winning radio promotions and radio contests may seem like a difficult venture with the correct amount of determination and perseverance you can obtain some of the best winnings ever. Radio stations also win by running competitions as it creates talk ability and pulls in new listeners. It’s a win win situation!