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Could Coyotes deal cloud Glendale Glitters future?

Glendale Glitters (Bob McClay/KTAR)

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Glendale City Council has approved a $320 million deal to keep the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena. Those who opposed the deal said the city can't afford it.

If the naysayers are right, could that lead to cancellation of festivals like Glendale Glitters?

Dozens of people were strolling through the downtown Christmas lights display Wednesday evening, enjoying the display.

Judy Purdy has lived in Glendale for 12 years.

"Back in Illinois, we had a park where they used to have trees," Purdy said. "They finally had to ask people to donate money towards the lights. If [Glendale] had to do that, I think people would be willing."

Tiffany Young of Glendale is a big fan of Glendale Glitters.

"It's a place to get away," Young said. "I think there's not too many family oriented things in Arizona that you can do. I think this is one of the good ones."

And if wasn't there anymore? "It would be kind of sad," Young said.

Glendale officials aren't talking. Deputy communications director Jerry McCoy declined an interview, referring questions instead to Mayor Elaine Scruggs.

Neither Scruggs nor Mayor-elect Jerry Weiers responded to interview requests.

About the Author

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 live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

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: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

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 - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We 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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