Radio station burns $5,000 - KPTV - FOX 12

Radio station sends $5K up in flames

Posted: Updated:
The money was burned in a pet cremator. (Source: YouTube user 903ampradio) The money was burned in a pet cremator. (Source: YouTube user 903ampradio)
  • InternationalMore>>

  • Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk

    Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:26 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:26:32 GMT
    A Ukrainian official says nine troops were killed in overnight fighting in the streets of the town of Ilovaysk, which lies just east of the rebel stronghold Donetsk.More >
    After days of street battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made a significant push Wednesday into rebel-held territory, claiming control over a large part of the separatist stronghold of Luhansk and nearly...More >
  • Obama: US won't stop confronting Islamic State

    Obama: US won't stop confronting Islamic State

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:24 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:24:41 GMT
    Militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley and are threatening to kill another hostage in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq.More >
    The United States stood firm Wednesday in its fight against Islamic State militants who beheaded a U.S. journalist in Iraq, pledging to continue attacking the group despite its threats to kill another American hostage....More >
  • Pakistan army chief wants negotiated end to rally

    Pakistan army chief wants negotiated end to rally

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:13 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:13:57 GMT
    Jubilant anti-government demonstrators in Pakistan are claiming victory after tearing down barricades and occupying a key road outside Parliament, where they are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz...More >
    Pakistan's powerful army chief called Wednesday for the country's civilian government to negotiate with thousands of protesters surrounding parliament who demand the prime minister step down over alleged fraud in...More >

(RNN) - As part of a social experiment, a Canadian radio station torched $5,000 after its listeners told them to.

Listeners of 90.3 AMP Radio in Calgary, Canada had the option to vote to burn or bank the money. And of course, they voted to burn it.

The crazy part is that if they had voted to bank it, the money would have gone to one of the voters, decided by a random drawing.

On March 18 the station began the contest, posting to Facebook that they were testing "the ultimate social experiment." Listeners were asked to text with a vote of #burn or #bank, and the hosts, radio personalities Ryan and Katie, promised to carry out whatever users decided.

A pet crematorium, Pet Heaven Crematorium and Funeral Chapel, even called in to offer their services to make sure the money was safely burned if the votes turned out that way.

Lo and behold, by the time the contest was over, a slim majority had edged out; 54 percent of voters decided to destroy the money, much to the sadness and disbelief of Ryan and Katie.

"I mean that's half a year of mortgage payments right there," Katie said, as they gestured to the money laid out on a table.

The station filmed the money's fiery demise to the tune of Ellie Goulding's Burn – but they could have picked a better choice, like The Trammps' Disco Inferno. The low-key yet energetic tones of Goulding's song don't quite capture the pain and agony of burning a big wad of cash.

But true to their word, the money was incinerated in Pet Heaven's crematorium and handed over to Ryan and Katie in a tiny little urn once everything was said and done.

"So, in the very first edition of Bank it or Burn it in Calgary, Calgary voted to burn $5,000," Ryan said.

Now, 90.3 AMP Radio is at it again. They originally started the experiment with $15,000, and now that $10,000 is left they're letting it go all at once.

This time it looks like voters are much wiser. Since yesterday, more than 1,000 votes have flooded into their Facebook post with most people voting to "#bank" it. But it's unclear who will win – the bankers who want to line their pockets, or the burners who want to watch everyone's chance go up in flames.

Copyright 2014 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow
FOX 12
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation, Portland, OR and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.