We Have A Winner For The Tri-County Pumps Secret Sound!

Congratulations to Josh Brinkerhoff of Taneytown, MD, our latest Tri-County Pumps “Secret Sound” grand prize winner! Josh’s correct guess won him a total jackpot of $5,150!!!


Thanks to everyone who played. Keep listening for more ways to win, because it pays to listen toWFRE!


The Tri-County Pumps “Secret Sound” is back, with lots of FREE CASH…and you could win it all! Listen to play each weekday in the 7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm & 5pm hours. After kicking off at $1000, with each incorrect guess the grand prize jackpot grows by $25. Keep tabs on all the incorrect guesses (listed below & updated daily).

Daily Clues: Each weekday morning, Tri-County Pumps’ Billy Griffith shares a helpful daily clue during The Free Country Wake-Up Crew. That clue will then be re-shared on-air at various times throughout the day.

Bonus Email Clues: Starting Friday May 13th, WFRE Country Club members receive a bonus clue via email each Friday afternoon during contesting. Not a WFRE Country Club member yet? Register now!

Official Contest Rules


5/9/2022 Veering Left TURNING
5/10/2022 Opening a Jar Lid TURNING
5/11/2022 Twisting a Key TURNING
5/12/2022 The Motion of the Earth TURNING
5/13/2022 Twisting and (blank) TURNING
Week 1 Email “We’ve Reached A _______ Point” TURNING
5/16/2022 Bug Spray OFF
5/17/2022 Remarks from the cuff OFF the cuff
5/18/2022 Not Up To Par A bit OFF
5/19/2022 What You Tell The Dog On The Couch OFF!
5/20/2022 Not On, But… OFF
Week 2 Email “All Bets Are _____!” OFF
5/23/2022 Devotee FAN
5/24/2022 Fiction By An Admirer Of The Genre FAN fiction
5/25/2022 Removes Moisture From A Bathroom exhaust FAN
5/26/2022 Tiny Windmill FAN
5/27/2022 College Football Lover FAN
Week 3 Email What An Instigator Does To The Flames FAN the flames
5/31/2022 2007 Ice Skating Comedy BLADES
6/1/2022 The Business End Of A Pair Of Scissors BLADES of glory
6/2/2022 Single Pieces Of Grass BLADES
6/3/2022 Razors BLADES
Week 4 Email Windshield Wipers & Ice Skates Both Have Them BLADES
6/6/2022 Without Thought Or Spontaneity MECHANICAL
6/7/2022 The Most Widely Used Air Purifier Technology MECHANICAL filtration
6/8/2022 The Opposite of Manual Labor MECHANICAL automation
6/9/2022 Automated Tasks Done By A Machine MECHANICAL labor



Week One  (Beginning May 2, 2022)

Pulling a candy dispenser on a candy machine.

Putting crumpled paper into a brass hole folder and turning the handle.

Pulling the knob on a candy machine and letting go.

Putting poker chips on a table.

Like a bell I used to have on my bike as a child where it had a little bit of a finger push to ring the bell.

An air-powered lug wrench putting a lug nut on a tire.

Tapping a deck of cards on a table and then fanning them out.

Someone running their finger down blinds.

Pulling the emergency brake on a manual automobile.

Clicking on and off a garbage disposal.

Pushing a clutch in with your foot and pulling the emergency brake.

An electric drill that is drilling in a bolt.

Inserting a key into the door knob and turning the handle.

Dropping dice into a glass jar.

My alarm clock starting to ring, waking me from my peaceful slumber.

Using an electric drill to screw a screw in.


Starting up an electric weedeater.

Setting a coaster down on a table.

Dropping a coin in a parking meter and the timer moving up.

Holding a washboard in am and rolling spoon handles over it.

A pen being put into a fan.

An electric screwdriver screwing in a screw but it’s already in there too tight.

Adding a weight to a barbell.

Turning off an egg timer and setting it on the counter.

Tapping the cap off of a soda bottle and dropping it.

A creaking door.

Somebody shuffling a deck of cards.

Loading weights onto a bar.

One of those old door houses that have the doorknob where you turn it and it makes that dinging sound.


Week Two  (Beginning May 9, 2022)

A wrench that is dropping.

Flipping a deck of cards.

Turning the steering wheel and inserting car key in the ignition.

Drill on a concrete.

A winch on a sailboat.

A ratchet.

Turning a screw with an electric drill.

Putting a coin in a gumball machine and turning the knob.

Coins in a mason jar.

Putting money into a gumball machine and turning the knob to get the prize.

Dropping a coin into a jar full of money or change.

A barn door closing.

Setting a lug nut on a tire with an impact wrench.

An electric screwdriver turning as far as it can go and it’s starting to strip the screw head.

A train going across a track.

Flipping a music box upside down and turning the key.

Playing the game Operation and bumping on of the sensors on it where you’re trying to pull the piece out.

Switching on a garbage disposal with an object stuck in it.

A deck of cards being shuffled.

Attaching a handheld opener to the tin can and turning the knob.

An impact tightening or loosening a bolt.

Somebody turning a ratchet.

Twisting a lid off of a jar.

Spinning a wrench around a lug nut to take a tire off the wheel.

An old time fire drill.

Opening a can with an electric can opener.

Loading a concrete nail gun and driving the nail.

Turning the key to a car for a dead battery.

The pressure releasing when you open a canned jar of fruit.

Someone trying to pull start a lawnmower.


Week Three  (Beginning May 16, 2022)

Turning a dollar bill into four quarters by using a coin machine.

Turning the knob on a safe and then spinning it.

Twisting the lid off of a spray pump.

Turning knob on a can opener and spinning off the metal ring.

Squeezing the trigger of an impact wrench.

An air wrench like they use in NASCAR to take the lug nut off.

Turning an egg timer in the opposite direction and making it ring.

Inserting can punch under lid of unopened jar allowing air to enter.

Making a left turn with a turn signal then turning it off.

Holding a glass to an ice dispenser on a refrigerator and the ice cubes dropping in.

The seal on the front of a spray can.

Tightening a bolt with a mechanic’s ratchet.

Using an electric screwdriver to tighten a bolt.

Twisting a can of bug spray open.

Taking the lid off of a whipped cream can and spraying the whipped cream.

Turning off an alarm clock by pressing the knob on the back.

Turning an Allen wrench backwards.

Dropping a chain onto a wooden desk.

Turning the canned food over again and rubbing fingers down the center.

An antique door buzzer.

A deck of cards shuffling.

A gate latching.

Turning off an alarm clock by pressing the knob on the top.

Turning the air off in a car and rolling down the window.

Breaking off a pencil tip, putting it in a wall sharpener, and turning the handle down.

Turning off the light switch and dropping your keys on the floor.

Mixing concrete and pumping it.

A rotary phone ringing.

A can of Off Bug Spray being put down on the counter.

Hitting a golf ball into the hole.


Week Four (Beginning May 23, 2022)

Loosening using an air wrench to loosen or tighten a lug nut.

Turning off a fan.

Turning the radio off after listening to WFRE all day.

Turning tab down into the beer can bottom and prying off rim.

A bug can hooked up to a garden hose to a house.

Turning off a fan by turning the knob on top to “OFF”.

Turning off a fan control switch and pressing the rotating button down.

Taking a roll of coins and hitting them against the register door and emptying into the register.

A jar hitting against the counter.

Using an impact wrench to remove a lug nut from a tire.

Turning off the fan located on an over-the-counter microwave oven.

Rotating the dial on a fan to the left to turn it off.

Pressing down the speed control button and turning off the handheld fan.

Breaking a package of coins and placing them into a cash register.

Turning off the fan of a computer by unplugging it from an outlet.

Turning the ceiling fan off by pulling the chain and letting go.

Turning off a fan above a stove then turning off the timer.

The inside workings of a pinball lever when you pull it and release the ball.

Turning the knob on a dehumidifier compressor and turning the knob off.

Turning the knob on the back of a fan to turn it off.

Twisting a corkscrew in a bottle of champagne and pulling the cork out.

Turning a fan off and stopping the blades with a key.

Turning fan off and slowing it down with a pencil.

Breaking a tab off a plastic strip that goes around a container and pulling the strip off.

Turning off a fan and sticking a playing card in it.

Using a hammer drill to drill tile in a bathroom.

Turning off a fan by sticking a pencil through the grates into the blades.

Turning off a fan by slowing the blades down with a screwdriver.

Turning a ratchet binder to the left to tighten a chain chaining a load down on a trailer.


Week Five  (Beginning May 31, 2022)

Turning off a fan by slowing the blades down with a pencil.

Loading an air nailer and driving a nail.

The fan and compressor coming on and off a central heat and air conditioning unit.

Turning a ceiling fan off by the chain then stopping the blades.

Putting a card between blades of a fan while turning it off.

A washing machine changing gears in the cycle.

Turning off a fan by sticking a pencil between the blades.

Turning fan off and stopping blades with a blunt object.

Turning on an exhaust fan in the bathroom.

Turning off a fan and slowing down the blades with a pen.

A grandfather clock just before it starts to chime.

Pulling the chain on a fan to turn it off and letting go.

Somebody turning on a timer switch on a fan in a bathroom and opening a shower curtain.

Turning off a fan and sticking something in the blades to make it stop.

Turning fan off and stopping blades with tip of pencil.

Pulling the string on a bath fan to turn the fan off.

Pulling chain, turning ceiling fan off, holding pen to blades to slow.

Sticking a pencil into a fan and stopping the blades.

Rotating knob of a fan to the left turning the blades off.

Turning off a fan and putting a pencil in between the blades.

Turning off a fan by slowing down the blades with a pencil.

Turning a fan off then tightening the blades.

Pulling the chain on a ceiling fan and stopping the blades from spinning.

Flipping the switch and pulling the chain on a ceiling fan to change the direction of the blades.


Week Six  (Beginning June 6, 2022)

Sharpening a pair of mower blades.

Turning on a fan that has a bad bearing.

Pointing toes down toward a vent fan and turning off the blades.

Turning off the fan blades fast.

Turning off a fan and slowing the blades with a pencil.

Taking a pair of scissors, cutting open a razor pack, and ripping it open.

Taking a fan blade off a fan.

Turning off a ceiling fan and stopping the blades abruptly.

Turning off a fan and slowing down the metal blades with a pencil.

Turning a fan off then tightening the blades.

Flicking the bathroom light switch on, then turning the bathroom timer switch on to the exhaust fan.

Pulling chain, turning ceiling fan off, holding pen up to the blades.

Turning off a HEPA filter by sticking a pencil in the blades.

Turning off a portable exhaust fan and stopping the blades with a pen.

The lever door that opens & closes on the bottom side of a ceiling attic fan when you turn it off and the lever door closes.

Automatically turning off the blades on a HEPA filter with a pencil.

The sound from a carnival game.

Removing a ceiling fan by turning the circuit breaker switch to OFF.

Turning off the blades on a ceiling fan with a mechanical switch.

An automated in-wall timer switch for a bathroom exhaust fan.

Turning a knob on an exhaust fan left to turn it off.