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Contact Emily at 812-423-2973 ext. 136 or events@wnin.org.

WNIN Spring Auction

Hundreds of businesses from the Tri-State donate items to be auctioned off on live television.

Want to get your business involved? Sponsor or make a donation.

The Auction phone line will NOT be available this year. Instead you'll register to bid and receive text or email notifications if you're outbid so you can bid again. If you need assistance or have questions or concerns please call Emily 812-423-2973 ext. 136 during normal business hours 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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WNIN's Auction broadcasts live from its studio in downtown Evansville. Each night items and services that have been donated by local businesses are auctioned off by volunteer auctioneers to you, the viewers.

By watching, donating and sponsoring the WNIN Spring Auction, you fund its mission to deliver engaging public media content to viewers to inform, entertain and inspire.

Here’s how you can get in on the action….

Register for the Auction
In this new normal, the WNIN auction is going online this year! Register online – or text WNIN to 243-725. You MUST be registered to bid on items this year. No dial-in bids this year, but you can still have fun watching our live broadcast Sept. 16 through Sept. 20 7-10pm CT to see all our exciting items and to see if your online bid is the winner when those boards close!

Watch at Home
Watch WNIN nightly to bid on thousands of items and services. You’ll find bargains on everyday items – like restaurant gift certificates, magazine subscriptions, and oil changes. Other times you’ll find unique one-of-a-kind items – like sports memorabilia, artwork, and more! We’ll text or email if somebody bids higher. And, you’ll bid again. Then, you’ll sit back and see if you win during the big TV auction showcase.

Donate an Item
This is your business’ chance to get in front of thousands of potential customers! Your company name and item will be in the living rooms of WNIN viewers – viewers that are loyal to businesses that support their local PBS station. Donate your item today!

Sponsor a Night
When you sponsor the WNIN Spring Auction your business is broadcast to over 800,000 household at a fraction of the cost of traditional television advertising. Levels start as low as $250. View sponsorship options here. Please contact Emily at ewilderman@wnin.org for more information.

Volunteer Changes
This year's Auction has been designed to ensure that no matter the impact of COVID-19, WNIN's largest TV fundraiser will go on. Typically volunteers help run the production, however this year we will have a limited number of volunteers for everyone's safety. Thank you to all past volunteers!

2020 Auction Dates

Bidding Registration Opens - Aug. 1

Online Bidding Begins - Aug. 28

Live Broadcast- Sept. 16 to Sept. 20 - 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Wednesday to Sunday on WNIN TV

Auction FAQ 2020

Q: What is different about the auction this year?

A: This year, all of the bidding will be done online. Because of social distancing concerns, we will not have a phone bank in the studio.


Q: How will I place my bids without a phone bank?

A: To bid on one of our fabulous items, you must register through our online bidding site. You can register by visiting http://bidpal.net/wnin OR text WNIN to 243-725. Once you are registered, you will be able to bid on items.


Q: How will I know if I have been outbid on an item?

A: If you are outbid on an item, you will receive a text message letting you know you have been outbid. There will be a link, in the text, to click on to increase your bid.


Q: How will I pay for my items and pick them up?

A: This year, all the payments will go through the bidding site. Once you are registered, you will enter your credit card number in order to place a bid. You will be charged for the items you have won, once the broadcast has concluded for each evening.


Q: Will there be a live auction to watch on television?

A: Yes! Our live broadcasts will be on Wednesday, Sept. 16 to Sunday, Sept. 20, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm each night. Tune in to learn more about our items and continue to bid using your cellphone or laptop.

Need More Info or Have Questions?

WNIN recognizes that changes can sometimes be hard but we’re certain that you will love this year’s new online bidding! If you have questions about online bidding or need help setting up your account after August 1st give us a call. We’re happy to help! Please email Emily at ewilderman@wnin.org or call 812-423-2973 ext. 136.