How we met… and almost won a free wedding

The winter before we were married, Alida and I almost won a free wedding. Her parents live within the listening range of St. Louis radio station Y98, and heard a commercial for the contest. All you had to do is get their attention with a letter or video. Obviously we went with the video, and quite possibly the greatest love story of all time:

We sent it in and they loved it. Out of hundreds of entries, we made the biggest impact on them. They wanted us to come to St. Louis to film a promo for their website, and an audio clip for a radio spot.  They said to be prepared to wow them again, because the finalists would be posted online, and the couple with the most votes would win the wedding package.

I’m a musician, so I proposed to Alida in a song. We rewrote the last verse, pleading to Y98 for the free wedding. We drove down to STL and performed it in the studio. I played piano, Alida played guitar, and we both sang. Again, they loved it.

Then we got the call, one I kind of expected.

As they were choosing the finalists, they noticed that we don’t live within their listening area. When your advertisers are giving away over $20,000 in prizes, they want to be sure they are awarding them to somebody who might come back and pay for something. With no choice, they had to disqualify us from the contest.

Needless to say, we were bummed out, but it was still pretty cool to see how much the people at the radio station liked it. We never got a copy of the promo that we shot, but soon I’ll be recording some music, and I’ll post the song that I wrote for Alida.

Once I get my recording studio set up here, this blog will be bombarded with music. Be prepared.

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