If you've been on the fence about checking out Taylor Swift's Reputation Tour when it comes to Tampa on Aug. 14, this might be a good week to turn on the radio.
For the next week-plus, local radio stations will be giving away hundreds of tickets to Swift's concert at Raymond James Stadium. Not just pop and adult-alternative stations, either, but even a couple of country stations.
"She's been great to radio," said Travis Daily, program director for country station WQYK-FM 99.5. "We're certainly going to continue to support her, because at some point, I'm hoping that she gets the itch to do country again."
For the time being, though, the Reputation Tour, with guests Camila Cabello and Charli XCX, is about as big a pop spectacle as there is right now in live music. And if you want in without shelling out $50 for nosebleeds, local radio might be your ticket. Here's a guide to which stations are giving away what, and when.
WPOI-FM 101.5: Hot 101.5 will be giving away pairs of tickets every day next weekend. Listen at noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. Aug. 10; 8 and 10 a.m. and noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Aug. 11; and 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Aug. 12. Click here to enter online.
Additionally, the station is giving away a pair of tickets to watch the show from a suite. To win that contest, you'll need to visit one of select GTE Financial locations or another station event for a code you can enter via text. That contest ends at midnight Aug. 12. Click here for all the details.
WFUS-FM 103.5: Another country station, the iHeartMedia-owned U.S. 103.5, is going hog wild with Swift giveaways. This Saturday and Sunday and Aug. 11-12, listen for a keyword at 11:10 a.m. and 12:10, 1:10, 2:10, 3:10, 4:10 and 5:10 p.m. Text that keyword to 82945 for the chance to win two tickets.
You can also win tickets by calling in at the following times Monday through Aug. 10: 7:10, 7:40 and 11:40 a.m.; and 4:10 and 5:20 p.m. You can also win call-in tickets on Aug. 13 (7:10, 7:40 and 11:40 a.m.; and 1:40, 3 and 5:40 p.m.) and Aug. 14 (7:10, 7:40 and 11:40 a.m.; and 1:40 and 3 p.m.).
WMTX-FM 100.7: Mix 100.7 has a text-to-win giveaway happening this weekend. Listen for a keyword on Saturday (10 a.m., noon and 2, 4 and 6 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m. and 1, 3, 5 and 6 p.m.), and when you hear the cue text it to 82945 to win two tickets.
Closer to the show, on Aug. 13, the station will offer a promotion dubbed "Taylor on the 20s." The 20th caller to (877) DIAL-MIX will win two tickets at the following times: 9:20, 10:20, 11:20 a.m.; and 12:20, 1:20, 2:20, 3:20, 4:20 and 5:20 p.m. Click here for more info.
WFLZ-FM 93.3: Pop station 93.3-FLZ has been giving away tickets through a game called "Ticket Tag," which has winners at 7:55 a.m. and 4:55 p.m. To win a pair of tickets, you have to call (800) 409-9393 and know the name of the previous winner. This promotion ends Aug. 10. But you can still win tickets after that through a text contest. Listen for a keyword from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 11 or noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 12, then text it to 97720 for a chance to win two tickets. Click here for more.
Just to be clear, none of these contests promise anything close to a meet-and-greet with Swift. But those passes, to the singer's backstage Rep Room, are out there. You just have to be extraordinarily lucky to get them. The singers handlers and family typically roam the crowd before shows, handing out passes to fans they think deserve the honor.
Gainesville artist Rayna Parks is hoping to get picked. She hand-painted a quilt of Swift's Reputation album cover that she hopes to get into the singer's hands in Tampa. So far, she's been tweeting all the right people, trying to hustle her way in.
"If I don't get a message before the concert," she said, "I'm going to bring the blanket with me and get to the stadium super early, and just walk around with the quilt and take a bunch of pictures, and hopefully run into the right people."
— Jay Cridlin