PARRSBORO – Nobody likes a Bingo caller.
Parrsboro’s community radio station manager Ross Robinson admits that calling Bingo on the air for the past three years has won him no popularity contests, although the record-breaking payouts the station has been awarding these days have gone over well with the lucky winners.
The radio station awarded its first $15,000 jackpot prize last week to two winners – Hazel Cole and Gary Morris, making it the largest cash prize ever handed out in the town, according to Robinson. Meanwhile, the weekly jackpot is already back to $15,000, where it has to be capped, and will be handed out in one of the next 12 weeks.
“We’re making history with a radio station in this small town by giving that much money away,” he said. “We all should be impressed by the whole community, not just the people involved with the radio station. The chances of winning a big prize like that are so much greater than playing any loto.”
But the times were not always so rosy with radio Bingo in Parrsboro. Robinson recalled a rocky start when it first got off the ground in 2008.
(For the full story, see the Aug. 4 issue of The Citizen-Record)