General Contest Rules

These are the rules governing all contests aired on WTAX-AM/FM radio and
on the website, unless otherwise specified. In the following
rules, “WTAX-AM/FM” means Saga Communications of Illinois, LLC), which
owns WTAX-AM/FM radio:

  1.  No purchase is necessary to enter any WTAX-AM/FM contest.
  2. To be eligible to win any prize on WTAX-AM/FM you must not have won
    anything on WTAX-AM/FM in the past 30 days or any prize valued at $600 or
    more in the past 6 months. Only one winner per household is permitted within
    30 days after a household has a winner. Any prize awarded to an ineligible
    listener will be deemed null and void, and an alternate eligible winner may be
  3. Anytime you call the WTAX-AM/FM studios you assume that your call will be
    broadcast or recorded and you grant us permission to broadcast the call or
    record it for later broadcast.
  4. As a winner of a WTAX-AM/FM contest your voice, name and/or picture may
    be used for promotional, broadcast, or internet purposes.
  5. Prizes awarded are not redeemable for cash. No prize is transferable. No
    substitution for a prize will be made at the request of winner. WTAX-AM/FM
    reserves the right to substitute a prize of similar value.
  6. All winners of all contests are responsible for all taxes on prize awarded. All
    winners of a prize valued at $600 or more will be required to complete the
    appropriate tax forms at the WTAX-AM/FM studios prior to claiming prize. All
    winners will be sent a 1099 MISC federal tax form if in one calendar year the
    prize value of all prizes won exceeds $600.
  7. In the event the winner is subject to or the subject of any order or legal
    process issued by any governmental agency having jurisdiction over the
    affairs of the winner (i.e. garnishment, child support order, judgment, lien, and
    the like), WTAX-AM/FM delivery of the prize to the official representative of
    the governmental entity claiming a right to the prize shall be thus deemed as
    WTAX-AM/FM awarding the prize to the winner. WTAX-AM/FM shall be
    entitled to rely in good faith, upon any documents presented by the
    representative seeking to collect the prize in lieu of the winner. WTAXAM/
    FM shall not be liable for any claim by any winner for damages incidental
  8. All WTAX-AM/FM contests are open to all eligible Illinois residents 18 or
    over (unless otherwise specified). Contestants must possess a valid form of
    identification bearing the picture of the contestant acceptable to WTAXAM/
    FM that will be presented to WTAX-AM/FM and accepted before the prize
    is awarded. Employees of WTAX-AM/FM (Capitol Radio Group), and its
    ultimate parent company, Saga Communications, Inc., their advertising
    agencies, affiliates, contest sponsors, employees and immediate families of
    each, and employees of all media of mass communication within a one
    hundred mile radius of the WTAX-AM/FM main studio are not eligible to win
    any contest. Immediate family includes the spouse, great-grandparents,
    grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren of the employee and his/her spouse. This also includes
    individuals for whom the employee is current legal guardian.
  9. Winners will be expected to claim prize at the WTAX-AM/FM studios, 3501
    E. Sangamon Avenue, Springfield, IL., between 8:00am – 5:00pm,
    Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) within 30 days of being notified
    that they are winners, unless there is an expiration date on prize, which will
    be specifically stated.
  10. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Contest is void where
  11. WTAX-AM/FM reserves the right to disqualify any winner if any contest rules
    are violated in any way.
  12. WTAX-AM/FM, Saga Communications of Illinois, LLC, its parent
    corporation, Saga Communications, Inc., assumes no liability for situations,
    repairs, or incidents arising from any aspect of any prize awarded in any
    contest. WTAX-AM/FM, Saga Communications of Illinois, LLC., its parent
    corporation, Saga Communications, Inc., their advertising agencies, affiliates,
    contest sponsors, employees, and immediate families of each absolve
    themselves and shall be held harmless from any action or liability arising from
    any contest or prize awarded in any contest.
  13. As a licensee of the FCC and a trustee of the public airwaves, WTAX-AM/FM
    reserves the right to interrupt and/or discontinue any contest or promotion
    (and not award the offered prize) at the discretion of WTAX-AM/FM
    management if world events, the national mood, or public safety so warrant.
  14. WTAX-AM/FM reserves the right to amend the rules to any contest at any
    time. The judge’s decision is always final.
  15. For any contest requiring phone entry you must use only the following number unless otherwise specified: (217) 753-1240. For texting it is 77000. The person operating the telephone at WTAX-AM/FM has the final decision as to who is the winning caller.
  16. WTAX-AM/FM shall have no responsibility for contestant’s inability or failure
    to participate, failure to win or claim any prize based on malfunction or
    difficulties with telephone, cell phone, texting, email, or internet access, or any
    other circumstances in any contest beyond Station’s control.
  17. The following are specifically related to E-contests and E-Mail Club
    promotions on WTAX-AM/FM com:

    1. All appropriate information in required fields must be filled out correctly
      and completely or you will be disqualified.
    2. To win a prize you must reside within the listening area of WTAXAM/
      FM as defined at the exclusive discretion of WTAX-AM/FM
    3. Any problems with the internet or email are not WTAX’s responsibility.
    4. Contestants who register to participate on our website may be
      required to produce a printed copy of proof of registration before being
      allowed to participate in the contest.
    5. Due to the nature of our programs that are heard on-line over the
      internet, contests may not be heard at all. Contests heard on the radio
      station’s internet audio stream may be slightly delayed from the time
      the contests are heard on the broadcast station, and will be running
      behind the broadcast signal. Thus, all contests heard are delayed. This
      delay can last for as much as 30 seconds or more. This means that
      when WTAX-AM/FM contests are played that require a specific caller
      to telephone the radio station (such as “Caller number 9 when you
      hear the sound effect”), listeners to the on-line audio stream may be at
      a disadvantage in participating over those listeners who hear the
      contests on-air.
  18. A copy of these rules are available during business hours at the WTAXAM/
    FM studios 3501 E. Sangamon Avenue, Springfield, IL.

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