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Pay to be played: Local bands can donate for radio airtime

Katy Perry sings, “Come on and put your money where your mouth is,” in her song “Waking up in Vegas” and today local bands should listen to her advice. The KOMP 92.3-FM Radiothon benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association is offering local bands a unique opportunity to do just that and get some airtime in the process.

Today, local bands that donate a minimum of $100 can select one of their own songs to be played on the rock station, where it can be heard by the entire city. Of course, plenty of bands don't have gas money to get to their own gig, let alone pay to be played on local radio. But for those that can ante up, the promotional opportunity will give local musicians some exposure while aiding the worthwhile activities of the MDA, which is a partnership between researchers and citizens to battle neuromuscular diseases.

For those who don’t have their own band’s music to promote, KOMP listeners can call 702-895-1050 or just drop by the Thomas & Mack Center from 6 a.m. until 7 a.m. to hang out with the KOMP disc jockeys. For $20, the jocks will play your favorite song and as an incentive to increase donations, your request will be played sooner if you show them the money and donate anything above the minimum.

In addition to getting your tunes on the radio, you can also walk away with some music, sports and movie memorabilia. These silent auction items will be on display at the Thomas & Mack and online at wearelv.com during the event. Among the items on the auction block are a framed Judas Priest signed drum head and plus fifth row tickets to their August 8 concert, an Iron Man poster signed by Stan Lee, two tickets to Metallica at Mandalay Bay, and a signed Gavin Rossdale guitar.

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