Here's a gift you won't see under many Christmas trees this year: an all-expense-paid trip to a brothel in Nevada.
New Pirate Radio, a streaming Internet radio station based in Tampa, is giving away a two-night, three-day vacation to the Moonlite BunnyRanch as part of a holiday promotion to "start the New Year with a bang.''
To enter, listeners must fill out a form online stating, in 500 words or less, why they need to get it on. Entries can be true, false, happy or sad — anything that will grab the judges' attention.
"I'm hoping for some exciting ones. Not just, 'I'm fat and I haven't had sex in 10 years,'' said Mike Phillips, owner of New Pirate Radio, a 6-month-old rock 'n' roll Web site.
The contest continues through noon Dec. 31 and is open to anyone 21 and older in the continental United States. Phillips and the other personalities will read some of the entries on air throughout the month.
On Jan. 2, the station will post the top 12 stories online for listener voting. Based on the votes, the entries will be pared down until the favorite is named, sometime in January.
Phillips, 27, and sound engineer Chad Wade came up with the idea a few months ago while pondering ways to add a little holiday cheer. They decided a trip to the brothel, which was the subject of the HBO reality series Cathouse, would make the perfect gift. (Of course, both deny having visited the BunnyRanch but say they've heard good things about it.)
Phillips contacted BunnyRanch owner Dennis Hof, who agreed to provide meals, lodging and "services'' at the ranch. He and some of the Bunny Ranch girls will go on air to chat with listeners sometime during the contest.
New Pirate Radio's promotion is one of several for the infamous brothel, founded in 1955. In June, the Bunny Ranch offered the first 100 customers who showed up with their tax rebate check twice the amount in ranch services. The idea was to help stimulate the economy, or something.