“The accident also made me realize the importance of blood transfusions in surviving traumatic injuries,” he said. “Without transfusions, I know I would not have lived.”
Greenwood has been a blood donor for years, so he happily agreed to wage a Border Blood Battle against KLOU Radio co-host Judi Diamond. Long-time St. Louis resident Diamond is challenging Metro East resident Greenwood to see which state’s residents will donate the most blood at donor centers on Feb.6; Feb. 8 and Feb. 10.
While Greenwood’s wife Melissa is from Edwardsville, he was born in Newport, Rhode Island, where his dad, an armed forces radio broadcaster, was stationed. After his parents divorced, Greenwood lived in Sedalia, MO, where in his teen years, he covered events at his high school for the local radio station.
Greenwood joined that station as a full-time employee after graduation and then in two years moved on to a Columbia, MO, station. When he learned that the Columbia station had a St. Louis affiliate, Greenwood volunteered to broadcast from St. Louis on Sundays. That led to a career in broadcasting that now spans over three decades. From 3 a.m. each morning until late in the evening, Greenwood hosts programs from classic hits to country music and provides material for five shows heard in dozens of cities across the nation.
“My dad was in radio and my brother Gary has for years worked at a station in Lincoln, Nebraska, so radio is in the family genes,” said Greenwood. “Through the years, I have always appreciated the close relationship the listeners have with those of us who are on the air.”
Despite his busy schedule, Greenwood also manages to be involved in the lives of his son Grant, 23, Jack, 7, and Max 5. “Our shih Tzu, Dallas, and Boxer, Bella, are also an important part of our family,” he adds. “They get mad when I don’t include them.”
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
The Red Cross needs donors because every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. Whether a patient receives whole blood, red cells, platelets or plasma, this lifesaving care starts with one person making a generous donation.
To make an appointment for the Border Blood Battle simply download the Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code TEAMJUDI or TEAMBILLY, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information.