WZNS/Z96’s “96-Foot Christmas Tree” Contest Official Rules

WZNS/Z96’s “96-Foot Christmas Tree” Contest
Official Rules

A complete copy of these rules can be obtained at the offices of radio station WZNS (“Station”), owned and operated by Cumulus Broadcasting LLC, or one of its subsidiary companies, 225 NW Hollywood Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, during normal business hours Monday through Friday or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the above address.

The Station will conduct the WZNS/Z96’s “96-Foot Christmas Tree” Contest (the “Contest”) substantially as described in these rules, and by participating, each participant agrees as follows:


  1. No purchase is necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase your chance of winning.   Void where prohibited.  All federal, state, and local regulations apply.

Eligibility.  This Contest is open only to legal U.S. residents, excluding Florida and New York residents, age eighteen (18) or older at the time of entry with a valid Social Security number and who reside in the Station’s Designated Market Area (“DMA”) as defined by Nielsen Audio, who  have  not  won  a  prize  valued at $500 or more in the last six (6) months, and whose  immediate  family  members  or  household members have not won a prize valued  at  $500  or  more  in  the last six (6) months. Void where prohibited by law.  Employees of Cumulus Media, its parent company, affiliates, related entities and subsidiaries, promotional sponsors, prize providers, advertising agencies, other radio stations serving the Station’s DMA, and the immediate family members and household members of all such employees are not eligible to participate. The term “immediate family members” includes spouses, parents and step-parents, siblings and step-siblings, and children and stepchildren.  The term “household members” refers to people who share the same residence at least three (3) months out of the year. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Station’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

  1. Contest Period. The Contest will begin at 9:00 a.m. CT on Monday, December 2, 2019 and will run weekdays through 6:00 p.m. CT on Friday, December 20, 2019 (the “Contest Period”).  The Station’s computer is the official time keeping device for this Contest.
  2. How to Enter. During the Contest Period, listeners can win a prize by being the ninth (9th) caller to 850-664-0965 when they hear the cue-to-call which will take place once, twice or three (3) times each weekday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.  Caller number nine (#9) to the Station, as determined by the Station in its sole discretion, will be entered to win, subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Contest Rules.  The on-air personality will send the “Z96 Elf” up the “96-Foot Tall Christmas Tree” to pick the caller’s prize to be announced by the Station’s on-air personality. Time Delay Between Over-the-Air Analog Signal and Internet Broadcast: Due to the time delay that exists between the Station’s analog over-the-air signal and the Station’s online webcast, listeners who listen to the Station online may hear the cue to call later than listeners listening to the Station’s analog over-the-air signal. As a result, the odds of an online listener entering this Contest on-air may be diminished.
  3. Winner Selection. There will be thirty-eight (38) total winners during the Contest Period. Winners are determined during the call process outlined above (subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with the terms of these rules). Station’s decisions as to the administration and operation of the Contest and the selection of the potential winner are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. Failure to respond to the initial verification contact within three (3) days of notification will result in disqualification.  A person may win only one (1) time. ONLY ONE WINNER PER IMMEDIATE FAMILY AND/OR HOUSEHOLD FOR THE DURATION OF THE CONTEST. 
  4. Verification of Potential Winner. THE ELIGIBILITY OF ALL POTENTIAL CONTEST WINNERS IS SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY STATION WHOSE DECISIONS ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL MATTERS RELATED TO THE CONTEST. The potential winner must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. The potential winner may be notified by email and/or telephone call after the date of random drawing and/or winner determination. The potential winner will be required to sign and return to Station, within three (3) days of the date notice is sent, an affidavit of eligibility and a liability/publicity release (except where prohibited) in order to claim his/her prize, if applicable.  A winner who returns the affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release will be deemed to have accepted the contest prize and thereafter will not be permitted to rescind their acceptance of the prize and/or return the prize. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the affidavit of eligibility and/or the liability/publicity release within the required time period (if applicable), or if the prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize. In the event that the potential winner of a prize is disqualified for any reason, Station may award the applicable prize to an alternate winner by random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries.    
  5. Grand Prizes. Thirty-eight (38) Prizes will be awarded in this Contest.  Winners will be told which prize he/she has won at the time of calling in.  The Prizes for each contest episode will be pre-determined for each weekday and placed in a sealed and notarized envelope on November 26, 2019, and kept under lock and key at the WZNS offices.  Once a prize has been awarded, it is no longer available to be won by participants.  No prizes will be exchanged or substituted for other available prizes listed below.  Prizes include:
  • Ten (10) prize packs from Pepsi with each to include a drawstring backpack, six (6)-pack cooler bag, wired ear buds, notebook with tablet pen, beach towel, umbrella, lanyard, koozie, and car decal ARV is seventy-five dollars ($75 each).
  • One (1) certificate redeemable for a two (2) night (consecutive) Beachfront Staycation at The Island by Hotel RL (subject to availability at time of reservation and terms and conditions as listed on certificate ARV is five-hundred dollars ($500).
  • Eight (8) certificates from Massage Works each redeemable for one (1) sixty- (60) minute massage ARV is seventy dollars ($70 each).
  • One (1) fourteen carat (14K) gold rope chain from Diamond Works Jewelry ARV is five-hundred dollars ($500).
  • One (1) certificate redeemable for one (1) weekend rental of a Jeep Gladiator and dinner for two (2) provided by Step One Automotive Group (winner must have valid driver’s license and valid insurance for use of the Jeep Gladiator) ARV is two-hundred dollars ($200).
  • Five (5) family packs, four (4) tickets each, for “Magic Christmas in Lights” at Bellingrath Gardens Bellingrath Gardens and Home open nightly (except Christmas) from November 29, 2019 through December 31, 2019. ARV is sixty dollars ($60).  Winner is responsible for all taxes associated with prize receipt and/or use, as well as travel to/from Bellingrath Gardens located at 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd, Theodore, AL 36582.
  • Two (2) one- (1) month memberships from Crossfit Epically Awesome ARV is one-hundred fifty dollars ($150 each).
  • Ten (10) six- (6) pack album downloads from Interscope Records (Selena Gomez-“Revival,” Billie Eilish-“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” and Maroon 5-“Red Pill Blues” and Republic Records (Jonas Brothers-“Happiness Begins,” Post Malone-“Circles” and Taylor Swift “Lover”) ARV is sixty dollars ($60) each.

Odds of winning the Prize depend on a number of factors including the number of eligible entries received during the Contest Period and listeners participating at any given time. Station reserves the right to substitute any listed prize for one of equal or greater value for any reason.  All expenses and fees associated with any of the prizes awarded not expressly included in the prize description are the sole responsibility of the winner.  There is no substitution, transfer, or cash equivalent for prizes, except that the Station may, at its sole discretion and to the extent permitted by law, substitute prizes of comparable value or cash.  The prizes are expressly limited to the item(s) listed above and do not include taxes, gratuities or any other expenses.  Any tickets and/or gift certificates/cards awarded as part of a prize will be subject to the terms and conditions set forth by the issuer and are valid only on the date(s) printed on the tickets or gift certificates/cards.  Other restrictions may apply.


  1. Entry Conditions and Release. By entering, each participant agrees to: (a) comply with and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Station, which are binding and final in all matters relating to this Contest; (b) release and hold harmless Station, Cumulus Broadcasting LLC, and its subsidiaries, related and affiliated companies, participating sponsors, the prize suppliers and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Contest, and each of their respective past and present officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to a participant’s entry, creation of an entry or submission of an entry, participation in the Contest, acceptance or use or misuse of prize (including any travel or activity related thereto) and/or the broadcast, exploitation or use of entry; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Released Parties from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or relating to an entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or entrant’s acceptance, use, non-use or misuse of the prize.
  2. Except where prohibited, participation in the Contest constitutes winner’s consent to use by the Station and its agent of winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or biographical information (including hometown and state) for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration, unless otherwise prohibited by law.
  3. All State, Local, Federal and/or other taxes, duties, tariffs, title fees, licensing fees, or other fees for prizes awarded become the sole responsibility of the winner.  All those who win a prize or prizes valued $600 or more in any given year will be issued an IRS Form 1099 to report their winnings.
  4. General Conditions. Station reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Station’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Station in its sole discretion. Station reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Station reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Station’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
  5. Limitations of Liability. The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Station, entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Contest; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use, non-use or misuse of any prize. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. In event that a production, technical, programming or other error causes more than stated number of prizes as set forth in these Official Rules to be claimed, Station reserves the right to award only the stated number of prizes by a random drawing among all legitimate, unawarded, eligible prize claims.
  6. Entrant agrees that: (i) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (ii) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved exclusively by the United States District Court or the appropriate state court located in the Station’s listening area; (iii) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (iv) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant and Station in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the state in which the Station is located, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the state in which the Station is located or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the state in which the Station is located.
  7. Entrant’s Personal Information. Information collected from entrants is subject to Station’s Privacy Policy, which is available on the Station’s website under the “Privacy Policy” link. All entry blanks, forms, devices, and materials gathered during the course of entry, as well as all information contained therein, shall become the sole property of Station to be used, disposed of or destroyed in its sole discretion. Station is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information entered by website users, and assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to Station’s website.
  8. Contest Results. A winners list may be obtained within thirty (30) days after the Contest Period expires by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Station identified below.


PRIZE SPONSOR:  Buffalo Rock Pepsi, 8801 Grow Drive, Pensacola, FL; The Island by Hotel RL, 1500 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, FL; Massage Works, 244 Racetrack Road NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL; Diamond Works, 323 Page Bacon Road, Mary Esther, FL; Step One Automotive Group, various locations in Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Crestview and Pensacola, FL; Bellingrath Gardens located at 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd, Theodore, AL 36582; Crossfit Epically Awesome, 821 Playground Road, Fort Walton Beach, FL; Interscope Records and Republic Records.

CONTEST SPONSOR: Cumulus Broadcasting, LLC, WZNS, 225 NW Hollywood Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach, FL  32548



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