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 morning show.
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
“With #JUMPSGREATESTGIG, our search has really
f 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, a
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ecording 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.