High-rate phone services weren’t just a nationwide cable TV cash grab; there was plenty of grift for the local markets, too. Case in point: a California service, 976-HITS, that offered local prizes if you could solve music trivia questions.
It’s probably a safe bet that the actual questions aren’t chorus lifts from Billboard #1 songs, and it’s probably a safe bet that a successful answer doesn’t guarantee you a prize. But how about that grand prize?
I can imagine the director of the commercial telling an intern to make a graphic describing the grand prize and the intern just turning around and transcribing the director’s description word for word. Also, what weird room is this phone in? It’s a creepy corner of ’80s rock hell.