Kansas iHeart Contest Winner Not Flying Coach Anymore

ShutterstockPrivateJetWhen Wichita, Kansas radio host Elvis Duran ran through the gargantuan list of prizes with iHeartRadio contest winner Kelli Pankratz, he made two major observations.

The first was that she should not wear heels when introducing, alongside iHeartRadio Music Festival MC Ryan Seacrest, one of the many performers at the September 19-20 Las Vegas event. “He’s very short,” Duran joked.

The other was to prepare for the life-changing impact of flying round-trip from Kansas to Sin City (with three lucky friends) aboard the iHeartRadio private jet. “You’ll never want to get on a commercial jet ever again,” Duran warned.

Clear Channel this week officially renamed itself as iHeartRadio, and no one will be heart-ing iHeartRadio more in the aftermath than Pankratz. Her tax-free, swirling tornado of a prize package also includes: accommodation at MGM Grand’s high-roller suites; a personal photographer; the display of her picture on a Strip digital billboard; a wardrobe person and stylist; a backstage dressing room to get ready; and an interview slot in the iHeartRadio Music Festival radio room.

Editor’s Note: The original version of this post incorrectly attributed the above words of 96.3 FM Wichita wisdom to program director Tommy Castor. FishbowlNY apologizes for the error.

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@hollywoodspin rhorgan@gmail.com Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.