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Rainy Northwestern city takes shot at snowy Northeastern city

As part of a cheeky contest called “Cool Bands in Crappy Towns,” a Seattle radio station is promising to send one unlucky fan to Paramore'’s July 2 show at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.

In an announcement its website, Seattle’s 106.1 KISS FM, owned by the media conglomerate Clear Channel Broadcasting, encouraged listeners to enter the contest by listening for clues and texting a key word to the station.

“Cool Bands in Crappy Towns returns to 106.1 KISS FM! This time we wanna send you to see PARAMORE (cool band) in Buffalo (crappy town).”

The contest, which began on March 3 and ends at 8 p.m. today, was launched in 2010 and seems explicitly designed to garner negative publicity. (It's working.) The first contest featured a Black Eyed Peas concert in Des Moines, Iowa. According to a report from a Des Moines TV station, residents there were up in arms about the way their city was characterized.

A call to the station’s promotions department for more details was not immediately returned. It was unclear if the contest's creators know that Darien Lake is not in fact in Buffalo, or whether they actually meant to call Buffalo a cool town and Paramore a crappy band.

- Colin Dabkowski

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