Originally created 11/30/00

Local guy can expect a warm welcome



He wasn't looking for love. He just wanted free admission to CoConuts nightclub. So when Chris Overstreet heard the "95 Rock Russian Babe's" voice on the radio, he raced to be caller No. 5.

He thought nothing more about it, until Nov. 10, when he attended a party at the nightclub coordinated by the 95 Rock World Tour contest. Mr. Overstreet never imagined that out of 50 other qualifiers, his name would be drawn to go to Russia ... to meet women.

Radio station WCHZ 95.1-FM and the Web site Loveme.com got together to send a local bachelor to Russia for an unusual dating-game contest.

In April, Mr. Overstreet will travel to the other side of the world to meet hundreds of women. He will join a group of about 20 other men, paying customers of Loveme.com, at social events to mingle with potential brides-to-be.

Between now and then, Mr. Overstreet will correspond with Russian women eager to meet and marry American men.

Loveme.com is an online catalog of women from all over the world who want to meet and marry eligible American men. Each woman's profile includes her photo and measurements as well as education and aspirations. The site also includes information such as international postal rates, letter-writing tips and visa requirements.

Mr. Overstreet hasn't corresponded with any potential mates yet. He is still reeling from the attention.

"I really wasn't trying to win this thing, I was just trying to win a free CD," he said. "But it is kinda fun hearing my name on the radio all the time."

And he isn't about to turn down an all-expenses paid trip to Russia.

"It is going to be fun," he said. "I've been chatting with a few girls from there, investigating things like the weather."

And toilet paper. He was relieved to hear he won't have to stand in line for toilet paper.

But toilet paper wasn't his only concern after being named the winner.

"I was thinking of using the 80 hours of vacation time," he said. "And it's during Masters Week; this is the first year I've gotten tickets."

In the meantime, he plans to have fun with his new-found popularity.

"I have met more people in the past couple of weeks," Mr. Overstreet said. "By the time April comes around, I may have met a girl here."

Reach Lisa M. Lohr at (706) 823-3332 or lisalohr@augustachronicle.com.