My “winning something off the radio” story:
I never listen to the radio except NPR. Ever. But I borrowed Maya’s car, and her CD player was on the blink, so I was listening to whatever station her radio was tuned to while driving around town, when the DJ mentions that they’re doing a mobile broadcast from Smart & Final, a mini-Costco kinda big-box store, and that they were giving away tickets to the Fiona Apple concert next weekend. So I swung the car around to the store.
When I got there, I found out that it wasn’t a straight ticket giveaway. It was a contest kind of thing. All the contestants (myself included) got three chances to throw an apple into a huge cafeteria-sized can of applesauce from a distance (they were really milking the Fiona “APPLE” thing).
So after giving the DJ my name, rank & serial number, I stepped up to the line. My first apple missed horribly. I lobbed my second apple in a high arc with pretty good aim, but it landed impaled on the edge of the applesauce can. Just wedged on there. I claimed it was “good”, but after some discussion with the judges, the throw was deemed invalid. Shit. One apple left. I wound up & tossed the globular Golden Delicious — way off — it flew high past the can, bounced off the Smart & Final store building wall, and came down square in the center of the applesauce can with a resounding “sploosh”.
And the concert was great.