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Wrap Battle: Whose Gift-Wrapping Skills Need The Extra Tape?

By Inside Columbia
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Photos by L.G. Patterson

Each issue, two on-air talents from two different Zimmer Communications’ stations will take on a seemingly simple challenge to see who comes out on top. This issue, Cosmo from Y107 and Trevor from 96.7 KCMQ battled to see who has the best gift-wrapping skills. Click here to see video of the full challenge!


Each contestant has five minutes to wrap a small rectangular box, with wrapping skills, ribbon use and taping ability all being taken into consideration by our judge, Kristin Monica from Y107. As an added and more complicated bonus round, both contestants were given another five minutes to try and wrap a stuffed animal. The person with the most beautifully wrapped gifts (by Kristin’s standards) will be declared the winner!


Cosmo from Y107 came with Christmas hat in hand (technically, on head), ready to take out the competition. (Literally. He repeatedly used his wrapping paper tube as a weapon on his opponent. While the staff at Inside Columbia does not condone holiday-related violence, we determined Cosmo did not do any real damage and could remain in the competition.) Meanwhile, Trevor from KCMQ tapped his fingers with anticipation and color-coordinated his wrapping paper of choice to properly represent his classic rock station.


Despite obvious nerves, Trevor wiped the floor with his opponent in the first wrapping challenge. Kristin took note of his clean edges, perfect use of tape and handcrafted bow in declaring him the round one winner. This meant the pressure was on for Cosmo in round two. Luckily, he achieved the difficult task of seamlessly wrapping the plush stuffed animal, thanks to a little help from his hat. And with that win, this installment of Dueling DJs was left in a tie. So, in the true holiday spirit, everyone was declared a winner!


COSMO: “Find the loved one in your family who does this well and loves to do it and let them do that. Stick to the stuff that you like to do.”

TREVOR: “Wrapping paper is for the birds! It is so much easier to get a bag, put a little tissue paper on top and call it a day.”

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