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KTAR and Arizona Sports team up with United Blood Services for blood drive

PHOENIX -- Tuesday could be a great day for you to donate blood.

KTAR 92.3 and Arizona Sports 98.7 FM are teaming up with United Blood Services for a blood drive over the next few days.

KTAR 92.3 will be at the Chandler Donor Center at Elliot and Dobson from 10 a.m. to noon. Wednesday, Arizona Sports 98.7 FM will be at the Glendale donor center at 59th Avenue and Union Hills from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You can also donate blood Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at any of the United Blood Services donor centers across the valley.

Blood donors will automatically be entered to win a 2014 Volkswagen Passat-S donated by Valley Volkswagen dealers.

United Blood Services spokeswoman Sue Thew said they need you to give blood now because this is one of the toughest times of the year for them to get donations.

"With the July 4th holiday week upon us, and people out on the roads and highways escaping the heat, not only do you have the potential for accidents and a greater blood usage, but the donor base declines substantially," said Thew. "It's really hard to keep up the momentum."

Thew said that giving blood is not difficult.

"Almost every donor goes through the process start to finish very, very easily," she said. "It's a wonderful feeling to know that you've had a great impact on someone's life by providing those life-saving transfusions."

She said it usually takes less than an hour to donate blood.

UBS does require that you make an appointment to donate blood. You'll find more information about this week's blood drive on the events page at KTAR.com.

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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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