I’m posting this idea on both fullblownaids and wackbag. I have no idea whether O&A make it “official”, or even like it. It doesn’t have to be official, this could be just a little rivalry between boards. Whether people want to play along remains to be seen too. Anyway, I think it’s a good idea so that’s why I posting. The “Full Blown Bag Bit Challenge” Challenge: Think your board has the best ideas for bits that the FM show could use? Now you have a chance to prove it. Post a bit on either wackbag or fullblownaids and if O&A use it on air, your board gets credit. Each board will have one stickied thread where you can post your idea for a bit. You don’t have to do anything more then post the idea on your board, the crack O&A show staff will periodically mine the threads for ideas to take to the O&A lab for development. If it makes the air your board gets a point (yea points). I’d suggest that score be kept by the people who do the daily show rundown (Struff on FBA and StevefromBayshore on oandaradio.com). Concept: This is a friendly challenge between the message boards to improve the FM side of the show. Competition drives invention and bragging rights go to the board with the highest score. Ultimately it’s about the show, not the score –so don’t take the challenge aspect too seriously. Rules: One point per bit. It doesn’t matter if it fails utterly or if it becomes a regular part of the show, the board only gets one point regardless of how often it gets used. Include the date and time in your post. No plagiarism between boards. First one to post the idea is the one who gets credit if it’s used on the show. It would certainly be alright to take an idea and “make it your own” by twisting it in a new direction, but let’s make sure credit is received where credit is due. Cheating will only make people quit and then good ideas will go unheard, which hurts the show. Suggestions: O&A staff members, interns etc are the people who look through the threads. Anyone who works for the show can take an idea, if necessary make a production piece and bring it to O&A. The board from which the idea originated isn’t revealed to O&A until after the bit airs. I was thinking that interns and staff have to prove themselves and bring really good or really awful stuff to the show. Plus with multiple people mining the threads for good concepts, it’s less likely that a good bit gets past over. In other words -all the staff and interns have a vested interest in presenting the most entertaining ideas (good or bad), which will minimize bias against either board. The staff looking for ideas need to be fair and mine the thread on both boards, keep personal feelings towards either board out of it and let ideas be chosen on merit (or total lack thereof). No one will keep trying if they realize the game is fixed or biased. So, let’s have some fun and help the show out. Example of a bit idea: The beep game is great. My idea is to take audio from several different children’s cartoon’s and make an innocent comment sound very racist or sexual. Having a 2 year old, I’d suggest starting with three shows that air daily on PBS and are available On Demand: SuperWhy, Curious George, and Clifford the Big Red Dog. I can provide additional details of more specific shows I’ve watched (many times “On Demand” with my kid) and mentally played the beep game while watching.