California Woman Wins Georgia Radio Station in MTV Contest
THOMASVILLE, Ga. (AP) _ Country music listeners of radio station WSTT could be in for a shock this weekend when the California winner of an MTV contest claims ownership of the station and hits the airwaves with guest Billy Idol.
Chris McCarron, a disk jockey at Cerritos Community College station KCEB, was selected at random from about 250,000 people who took part in the nationwide contest, MTV promotions director David Cohn said Thursday.
McCarron won $10,000 in cash along with the station, which she can either keep or trade for an undisclosed cash sum. She is scheduled to visit the country-western format station Saturday, when Idol will a guest on the air.
″I can’t wait to see Georgia,″ she said. ″The first guy I ever had a crush on was from Georgia. I just fell in love with the accent.″
MTV had an option to buy WSTT, Cohn said, declining to say how much the music video television network agreed to pay for the station.
Idol, a punk-style rock star known for his characteristic sneer and metal- studded leather outfits, will be something of a change for the country music fans who tune in WSTT. Idol’s visit was part of McCarron’s prize.
″We’re thrilled with the whole thing,″ said a station employee who spoke on condition of anonymity. ″It’s not going to hurt us either way.″
The new owner is free to change the format of the 1,000-watt AM station, Cohn said. McCarron said she doesn’t know what she’ll do.
″I can’t think seriously about it until I see the station and talk to everybody,″ she said. ″I’m just excited about checking it out this weekend.″ Cerritos College is located in Torrance, Calif., near Los Angeles. Thomasville is in southwestern Georgia near the state’s border with Florida, about 50 miles north of Tallahassee.