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2013 Talent Challenge

May 3rd, 2013

We’re on the lookout for talented WJTL listeners–we know you’re out there!  We want to see and hear your talents.  We encourage musicians to enter, but the WJTL Talent Challenge is wide open to any skill that has the potential to impress, entertain or amuse our crowd at Sertoma!  Individual performers and groups may enter.  10 contestants will be chosen to perform their talent on the Weaver’s Garage Stage at the 60th annual Sertoma Chicken BBQ in Long’s Park in Lancaster on Saturday, May 18th (in the afternoon).  Then, the audience gets to vote on their favorite performer–and we’ll award Visa Gift Cards to the Top 3!  $500 for 1st place, $250 for 2nd place and $100 for 3rd place.

Prizes are made possible by the Rohrer Family Of Companies!

Rohrer’s One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning

Benjamin Franklin the Punctual Plumber

Mister Sparky, America’s On-Time Electrician


Email your .mp3,  movie file or You Tube link to Contest@WJTL.com or mail your CD or DVD to WJTL, 1875 Junction Road, Manheim, PA 17545.  (Drop-offs must be during office hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekedays.) Be sure to tell us a little about yourself and your talent when you enter and include your contact information in your entry. Contest entry material (including CDs, DVDs, photos, etc.) will not be returned.  There are no age restrictions, but kids under 18 must have their parents’ permission before entering.

The deadline to enter is midnight on Tuesday, May 07, 2013.  We’ll announce the 10 contestants on the air during the 5:00 p.m. hour on Friday, May 10, 2013. (Contestants will also be contacted directly by WJTL.)

RULES, etc.:

**Comments left on this blog post will not count as entries.**

**Only one entry per contestant.**

**Past Talent Challenge grand prize winners are not eligible to enter.**

**Review WJTL’s contest rules here.**

  1. March 16th, 2013 at 17:56 | #1

    I sent in two videos along with my info just wanting to make sure it was recieved. I hope to hear back from someone soon..
    Heide 🙂

  2. kristi
    March 16th, 2013 at 22:22 | #2

    Yes, Heidi — we received the videos. Listen to WJTL on Friday, May 10th to hear our announcement of the 10 contestants!

  3. March 19th, 2013 at 15:20 | #3

    ok great.. what time will they be announced and do you know what the criteria is for the winners chosen? 🙂 if you could can you email with the info?
    thanks a bunch!

  4. Abbi Lowman
    March 24th, 2013 at 19:58 | #4

    My name is Abbi Lowman and i was thinking about entering in this contest. if i can make it with the top ten, i would like to sing and have my mom play piano for me. is that alright or is that a violation of contest rules?

    Thank you! (:

    Abbi Lowman

  5. kristi
    March 25th, 2013 at 10:03 | #5

    That works for us, Abbi! Send us a video if you’d like to be considered for the Talent Challenge!

  6. Lexy R
    March 30th, 2013 at 18:20 | #6

    Hi! Question about the voting for when entries are first sent in: are the top 10 selected by you guys here at WJTL, or is it open to the public both times? Thanks so much! 🙂

  7. kristi
    April 1st, 2013 at 10:57 | #7

    Hi Lexy! WJTL selects the 10 contestants — then, the audience votes for the Top 3 at Sertoma!

  8. ron
    April 2nd, 2013 at 17:27 | #8

    that is intresting

  9. ron
    April 2nd, 2013 at 17:28 | #9

    I’m going to join the ‘Talent challenge”. I have an amazing bass playing with my friends.

  10. Wendy C
    April 4th, 2013 at 21:45 | #10

    My 11-year old son would like to do a karate demonstration. As we read through the “general contest rules”, it states that a person must be at least 18 years of age to receive a major prize of $500 or more. Does this mean he would not be able to win first place? (assuming he makes it to the top 10 :)) Thanks!

  11. kristi
    April 5th, 2013 at 11:38 | #11

    Thanks for the question, Wendy! In the case of this contest, that rule does not apply! Whoever wins the Talent Challenge, wins the prize!

  12. Elisha
    April 5th, 2013 at 16:25 | #12

    Can I submit several videos for my entry?


  13. kristi
    April 6th, 2013 at 08:19 | #13

    Hi Elisha, it works best if you submit one video that would be what you would perform if you were chosen in the Top 10. So, one song or 5 minutes of talent performance is ideal.

  14. P.J.
    April 10th, 2013 at 09:08 | #14

    Would it be appropriate for someone to speak for two to three minutes and then play a pre-recorded Christian audio book (more towards the likeness of an audio drama; approx. 22 minutes in length) written, produced and engineered by contestant/speaker? The opening speech would be in reference to the audio.


  15. kristi
    April 10th, 2013 at 12:10 | #15

    Thanks for asking, P.J.! That would not fit in with what we’re looking for. This event is all about live performances and entertaining the crowd.

  16. michael
    April 10th, 2013 at 17:21 | #16

    hi my name is Michael Christian and I submitted a video using Dropbox. I have never used this before and just wanted to make sure that it was received and you have my contact info…thanks

  17. kristi
    April 10th, 2013 at 17:23 | #17

    Yes, Michael, we got your file and info! Thanks for your submission in WJTL’s Talent Challenge!

  18. Becky Shank
    April 10th, 2013 at 18:50 | #18

    Hi. My name is Becky Shank and I wanted to try out for the talent challenge, but I had a questions. First, is there a registration form we have to fill out or just write it on a random piece of paper/email? Thanks! 🙂

  19. kristi
    April 11th, 2013 at 09:42 | #19

    Hi Becky! You can just include the information we asked for in your email (or on paper if you’re mailing).

  20. Becky Shank
    April 11th, 2013 at 20:45 | #20

    Alright, thank you so much! 🙂 i’ll work on that then. 🙂

  21. April 12th, 2013 at 12:57 | #21

    Can the performance run a bit longer than five minutes – say, 6 or 7 minutes?

  22. kristi
    April 12th, 2013 at 12:59 | #22

    Sure, Dotti!

  23. Becky Shank
    April 14th, 2013 at 15:22 | #23

    Hi again! I had another question. Can the song I’m singing be a christian song or should it be something else? The song I want to do is by Mercyme, but I didn’t know if there were any rules against that or not. Thanks again! 🙂

  24. kristi
    April 15th, 2013 at 06:48 | #24

    Hi Becky, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a Christian song–however, we would want to make sure it would be family-friendly.

  25. Alyssa
    April 21st, 2013 at 15:46 | #25

    Hi ! my name Is Alyssa 🙂 I was wondering that if we make it, then would we be ok to do a different song then the song we used to enter the contest with ? thankyouuuuu 🙂 love, Alyssa

  26. kristi
    April 21st, 2013 at 22:47 | #26

    If you make it, we can talk about what song you’ll perform. We always want to make sure it’s family-friendly and a similar style to the song you enter. We’re open to discussing it with the 10 Contestants, though.

  27. Breanna
    April 25th, 2013 at 13:11 | #27

    I would like to do this but I was wondering if you could bring a CD to sing along with or Do you have to provide your own music? Also, the music you sing in the video you send, can you sing that for the show or must you sing something else?

  28. kristi
    April 25th, 2013 at 13:19 | #28

    Good questions, Breanna! We will have the ability to play an instrumental track on CD for you to sing along with at the event. We prefer that you enter with the song you would like to sing so that we can tell what your performance would be like if we pick you!

  29. Jenna
    April 28th, 2013 at 16:34 | #29

    how do you submit the parent’s permission for people under 18? does it have to be by mail?

  30. kristi
    April 29th, 2013 at 10:44 | #30

    Thanks for asking, Jenna–it can be online. Just state that the parents have given permission. 🙂

  31. valerie
    April 29th, 2013 at 11:06 | #31

    can I bring in a tape recording of performing my song to wjtl? sorry, our church is very low tech. and I don’t know how to record onto a cd or (mp3?) ?

  32. kristi
    April 29th, 2013 at 12:40 | #32

    Yes, Valerie, you could mail a cassette in with your entry.

  33. valerie
    April 29th, 2013 at 13:22 | #33

    great!! thank you!

  34. Karly Maurer
    April 29th, 2013 at 16:54 | #34

    I’m 13 and I would like to enter. I have my parents permission but, if i won the $500 (most likely I won’t) but if j did, would I be able to get that or not?

  35. Karly Maurer
    April 29th, 2013 at 16:54 | #35

    I’m 13 and I would like to enter. I have my parents permission but, if i won the $500 (most likely I won’t) but if j did, would I be able to get that or not? Please reply thanks

  36. kristi
    April 29th, 2013 at 17:06 | #36

    Hi Karly! Whoever wins gets the $500! This contest is open to all ages, and the prize is too!

  37. May 3rd, 2013 at 22:02 | #37

    Hi, I sent an link in an email. Just wanted to know if you guys @ WJTL were able to recieve it? email was (lee_toonz@ymail.com)

  38. kristi
    May 4th, 2013 at 08:58 | #38

    Yes, Luis! We received it!

  39. Mackenzie Brubaker
    May 6th, 2013 at 09:27 | #39

    Hi Kristi, just making sure you were able to open my MP3 attachment that I sent with my email for the Talent contest? Thx:)

  40. kristi
    May 6th, 2013 at 11:59 | #40

    Yes, Mackenzie–we got it! (and we can listen to it, too!) 🙂

  41. Laura
    May 6th, 2013 at 14:37 | #41

    I just curious if you got an entry for billy page 🙂

  42. kristi
    May 6th, 2013 at 14:44 | #42

    Hi Laura! We’ve been in touch with everybody who we got an entry from in order to confirm. I don’t see one from Billy Page… You may want to recheck to make sure the email went through unless it was mailed.

  43. emily
    May 6th, 2013 at 18:40 | #43

    must the video sent in be thee exact song that will be sung if chosen?

  44. kristi
    May 7th, 2013 at 11:00 | #44

    Not necessarily, Emily–but it’s preferred. We want to see what you’d be doing that day if we choose you, so it helps if you use the song you’d perform that day.

  45. Luis
    May 7th, 2013 at 20:02 | #45

    Hi, Just curious Kristi, how will the stage be? cement, or wood amd is it rough or smoothe like?
    another comment I have is will we have to bring our music, in mp3 format or disc? will a speaker system be provided or will we have to bring our own?

  46. Luis
    May 7th, 2013 at 20:04 | #46

    If the person gets picked.

  47. kristi
    May 8th, 2013 at 12:32 | #47

    Hi Luis! We set up a standard outdoor concert stage. It’s a wooden surface on steel supports. We also have a professional sound guy and sound system, plus cables and mics. We can play CDs. We discuss these details with contestants before the event so they have all the info they need.

  48. May 8th, 2013 at 14:03 | #48

    Hi, I sent in a submission on 4/19 by email, but never got any kind of confirmation (says above u contacted submissions to confirm)…did u get it?
    Sebastian Janoski

  49. May 8th, 2013 at 14:05 | #49

    sorry, I meant 3/19/13…thanks, Sebastian

  50. kristi
    May 8th, 2013 at 14:12 | #50

    Hi Sebastian! That’s strange. We did get it and we did send a confirmation email. Sorry about that! We have it, though!

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