Salina radio stations battle for votes during Pump Up the Volume blood drive

June 12, 2013


Media contact: Cari Merrill, 316-268-0853, @RedCrossBloodCP            


Listeners who donate blood can vote for favorite radio station


WICHITA, Kan. (June 11, 2013) — Salina’s radio stations are trying to “Pump Up The Volume” on blood donations this summer as they compete to see which station’s employees and fans can donate the most blood.


Eagle Communications, RockingM Radio and Salina Media Group will compete June 17-19. When listeners donate blood, they can request that their donation count toward a particular radio station’s tally. The winning set of stations receives a traveling trophy to display for a year.


Even though this is the first year for RockingM Radio to participate, the group is up for the challenge.


“We wanted to take part to help out the blood drive, and we like a little competition,” said RockingM Radio business development executive Todd Senecal, who will attend the blood drive and be one of the first RockingM Radio fans to donate. “And we’re trying to be the best, of course.”


Scott Woodson of Eagle Communications takes the message even further.


“I always try to curb people’s fears,” Woodson said. Not only does he talk the talk, but he walks the walk and gives a blood donation.


Each of the stations hope they can encourage Salina residents to donate during the annual blood drive.


“Pump Up the Volume is a way for our stations to show our support for the American Red Cross and the event gives us the ability to be competitive. We always like the challenge of trying to win,” said Public Service Director Ken Jennison of Salina Media Group. While winning is fun, all of the stations hope people remember the real reason for the competition.


“Everybody wins if the American Red Cross gets more blood donations.”


Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

All blood drives will be held at Sunrise Presbyterian Church, 825 E. Beloit Ave., Salina

June 17 from noon to 7 p.m.

June 18 from noon to 7 p.m.

June 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodCP.