Monday, November 19, 2012

Grossmont's Griffin Radio to participate in Chargers blood drive

For the 14th year in a row, Grossmont College students who are part of Griffin Radio, the student-operated on-campus radio station, will attend and man their own exhibit booth at the San Diego Blood Bank’s Chargers Blood Drive.

The blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Town and Country Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Mission Valley. 

Griffin Radio is a practical applications laboratory class at Grossmont College for students to learn about on- and off-air radio and audio production techniques. Students learn firsthand what it takes to manage, produce and operate at a radio station.

Students with Griffin radio over the years have won multiple production awards from the Broadcast Education Association, a national professional association for professors, industry professionals and graduate students who are interested in teaching and research-related to the electronic media and multi-media enterprises. Griffin Radio can be heard on the World Wide Web at

Griffin Radio will be among several local radio stations planning to participate with either a booth or a live remote at the Chargers Blood Drive. Other radio stations include Diego FM-99.3, FM-94/9, Invasora 99.7-FM, 100.7 Jack-FM, KCBQ 1170-AM, 760 KFMB-AM, 101 KGB, KPRI 102.1-FM, KPRZ 1210-AM, KSON, KyXy 96.5, La Nueva 106.5, Magic 92.5, New Energy 103.7 FM, Pulsar 107.3-FM, Radio Latina 104.5- FM, News Radio KOGO 95.7 FM and AM 600, Recuerdo 102.9-FM, Rock 105.3-FM, Smooth Jazz 98.1-FM, 105.7 The Walrus, XTRA Sports 1360-AM, 91X, XX Sports Radio 1090-AM and  Z90.

As the community’s longest running and most successful life-saving event of the year, the Chargers Blood Drive is one of the largest single-day blood drives in the nation. The event features continuous entertainment, refreshments and an opportunity for autographs from Chargers players and Charger Girls cheerleaders.

Over the past 33 years, the Chargers Blood Drive has collected more than 70,000 pints of blood. The Chargers Blood Drive has grown successively larger since its serendipitous founding in 1979 when then-Charger place-kicker Rolf Benirschke was suffering from a life-threatening medical disorder and the Chargers asked the Blood Bank to host the event. 

Donors at this year’s Chargers Blood Drive will be awarded a voucher that may be redeemed for a T-shirt, as well as a VIP wristband for the autograph line. Donors also will have the opportunity to purchase an entry to win a Honda CRV, donated by the Honda Dealers of San Diego County.

Donors will be treated to a variety of food, entertainment and other goodies at the blood drive. There is also free parking for donors. Free bone marrow registry testing also will be available for attendees.

Participants who do not plan to donate blood but would still like to meet the Chargers and enjoy the festivities will be charged a $5 entry fee ($1 for children and children under 2 are free). Blood donors will be refunded the admission price after they donate. For more event information, visit