Don’t Even Think of Selling Tickets You Won on WPDH — Here’s Why
If you've won tickets from us, it's not a great idea to try and sell them online.
This week we received several messages from WPDH listeners about a posting on a local Facebook group. The group, an online garage sale for residents of Orange County, features a listing for Fleetwood Mac tickets.
In the posting, the seller identifies the tickets as being won on 101.5 WPDH. The pair is being offered for $150, despite the fact that the photo clearly shows the tickets as having a cash value of $0. The sale has enraged many music fans who have asked us if there's anything we can do about it.
Sadly, there's nothing we can do to stop the sale. But we can explain why people shouldn't resell the tickets they win on our airwaves in hopes that others don't do the same thing.
First and foremost, all of us at WPDH are huge music fans. In fact, the only thing we love more than Rock and Roll is being able to share it with the Hudson Valley. That's the reason we hand out so many tickets to shows. Yes, we give away trips, cash and other prizes too, but when it comes to concert tickets, we hand those out specifically to give you the opportunity to enjoy the same shows that we're fortunate enough to get to attend.
Rock bands and concert venues also realize that there are many diehard fans that won't necessarily get a chance to see their favorite artists, so they block off a certain amount of tickets to give away on WPDH. In exchange, we generate some publicity for the show and get some of those enthusiastic rock fans inside the show. Everybody wins.
That's why it's really upsetting to see someone trying to profit off of these complimentary tickets.
Now look, we understand that sometimes things come up and you can't make it to a show. In that case, we would suggest giving the tickets away to someone you know that would really love to attend the concert. We'd hate for the tickets to go unused, and regifting them to another fan would be a great way to make sure they get used. But selling them? That's just not cool.
I'm not sure why this particular listener decided to put their tickets up for sale, and I don't want to assume anything. But people who have messaged us about it are all angry about the same thing. They think the seller doesn't really care about going to the show; they're just looking to make a quick buck.
If true, that's a real shame for all of the real fans who tried to win the tickets.
So, if you're thinking of calling up to win some concert tickets from your favorite radio station, make sure you're doing it for the right reason and that you really want to see the show. If not, give someone else a chance. And don't worry, if cash is what you really want, we'll also be giving away plenty of that too.