Since early March, JUMP! 106.9 has given aspiring
broadcasters the chance to achieve instant radio fame with the station’s
“Greatest Gig On Earth,” a nine-week search for the new co-host of their
Over 160 hopefuls uploaded their submission videos before the April 2
deadline, each looking to land the coveted spot alongside current
breakfast show host Tony Stark.
“I am absolutely floored by the reaction! And I am positive Ottawa’s next
radio star is in this competition… don’t touch my shoes!” said Stark.
“We launched this search in hopes of finding a total radio newbie –
someone the entire city will love listening to. We’re extremely confident
that he or she is in our top 30.”
Upon submitting their video, participants were given a series of tasks to
complete on social media – further proof the advent of social media has
opened the door to finding on-air talent in new, non-traditional ways.
With the field narrowed down to 30, the station is encouraging everyone to
vote online for their favourite. Videos are posted on www.jumpradio.ca.
“With #JUMPSGREATESTGIG, our search has really taken off on social media,”
said Mark Dickie, general manager of Corus Radio Ottawa. “We’ve had some
fantastic entries, including some humorous videos from members of the
Ottawa Fury FC, Ottawa REDBLACKS, and Canadian recording artists Shawn
Desman and Kardinal Offishall.”
Online voting closes at noon on April 9, narrowing the field down to the
top 10. A live audition process on April 19, featuring a celebrity panel
of judges including celebrated Canadian singer/songwriter Karl Wolf, will
then whittle the participants down to 5 and 3, respectively. The winner
will be announced on-air on Friday, May 8.
Listeners are encouraged to spread the word using #JUMPSGREATESTGIG.