WQAM played hundreds of contests throughout the Sixties and Seventies giving away prizes ranging from 56 cents (see this check stub) to thousands of dollars, cars, boats, trips, etc. Here are some contests from the music surveys, air checks and memory.
Bucks For Breaks
The first contest I remember was running when I first started listening to WQAM in 1962. It was called “Bucks for Breaks”. Click here for more information.
Another contest running in 1962 (and other times during the Sixties) was the “Tiger Track” or “Car 56” contest. Bumper stickers called “Tiger Tracks” were given out in stores all over South Florida. Every hour, the license number of a car spotted with a Tiger Track was announced on the air. The owner had one minute and 56 seconds to call the station to claim the prize which was a running jackpot that increased by every time the game was played without a winner. There are two samples of “Tiger Tracks” on the Stickers page.
I must have dialed Jackson 4-9933 thousands of times trying to win prizes. And that was just in one night :-) But, I never was a big winner. On this page is information on the contests and prizes that I won.
Secret Agent 56
There was a “Secret Agent 56” contest in 1963. One student was picked from each Jr. and Sr. High School in South Florida to be that school’s Secret Agent 56. If Secret Agent 56 could go one week (I think) without being discovered, they won a transistor radio. It was shaped like a baseball if I remember correctly. If Secret Agent 56 was discovered by another student, then that student won the radio. I called the station and asked if I could be Secret Agent 56 for my school, Everglades Jr. High. I went to school the day the contest started and in the first period, I was asked if I was Secret Agent 56. I should have known I had no chance of getting through the day, let alone the week without being asked. All my friends knew what a big WQAM fan I was.
WQAM played the Money Match Game several different times. Matchbooks were given away in restaurants, bars, etc. Each had a unique number inside. Each hour a matchbook number was announced on the air. The person who had the matchbook with that number inside had to call the station within 56 seconds to claim the jackpot. If there was no winner, the jackpot increased. I can remember frantically going through my list of numbers trying to see if I won each time they announced a number. Here are three different samples of Money Matchbooks:
I am looking for the following WQAM jingle packages. I will trade for them or pay cash for dubs. If you have ANY WQAM jingles (or other prduction or airchecks) please contact me: Email: WQAM@560.com
PAMS Series 17 “The New Frontier” (I am missing many cuts, especially the instrumental cuts.)
PAMS Series 18 “Sonosational” (I am missing many of the instrumental cuts.)
PAMS Series 25B“The Happy Difference” Sonovox version. (I need the entire package).
PAMS Series 25D “Cheerleaders” Sung with Male vocals (I need the entire package)
PAMS Series 28 “Happiness Is” (Missing several cuts.)
Ullman “Onederful” (I need the entire package)
Futursonic Time and Temperature Jingles (Used in the early sixties for the automation (I need all)
Pepper “Fun” (I need the entire package)
CRC Holiday Series (I need the entire package)
The 1963 package of jingles sung by a group called the Skipjacks. It may have been a series called “Station Break” by Tucker productions. There are over 1000 cuts including a complete set of time and temperature jingles replacing the Futursonic jingles.