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Updated Aug 13, 2013 - 10:56 am

KTAR says goodbye to host Gayle Bass

PHOENIX -- KTAR 92.3 FM said goodbye to Gayle Bass on Saturday.

The co-host of the "Arizona's Morning News Weekend" show called it quits after more than 15 years on air at KTAR. She is leaving to concentrate on her national television show "RightThisMinute," which airs on more 120 television stations across the country.

Bass started with KTAR in 1998 as an overnight news anchor. She served as a reporter, anchor and movie critic. Most recently, she was the "Click Chick" who did entertainment reports on "Arizona's Morning News with Ned and Connie."

On her final show Saturday, Bass was joined by her co-host, KTAR's Bob McClay, who presented her with a going-away cake on the air. Also appearing by phone on the program to wish her good luck were KTAR reporter Jim Cross, weekend talk show host Jay Lawrence and former KTAR news director Andy Friedman, who hired Bass 15 years ago.

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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