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Radio stations promoting the variety of music they play often
offer the old "No Repeat Guarantee" where if they play the
same song twice within the same day, the first caller to say so
wins a prize. My local station just dragged out this old
chestnut but with a $20,000 prize for catching them
Now I work for a living and certainly don't have the time or
inclination to listen to the bloody radio all day, noting what
songs are played and checking for duplicates. However, it
should be a trifle with modern technology to set a computer to
monitor the station all day using a service such as Shazam to
perform this task for you. When it finally detects a duplicate
song, it automatically and simultaneously rings the radio
station and notifies you that such-and-such song has been
duplicated. If the radio station answers before you do, the
computer plays a pre-recorded copy of your voice saying things
like "Oh Wow, I can't believe I got through" and "I'm calling
about the contest" "I think you've played the same song twice"
and "Oh Wow" again buying you enough time to join the call
and take over and collect the winnings.
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||In order to fake out Shazam et al, a local radio station pitch-shifted the usual contest - the first half second or so played, call in and name it to win - without telling anybody, thus screwing over everybody with any sense of pitch.
||Doubly betrayed because the DJ was a rock star, himself and should have known better.