TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Two Tyler radio station held a timely giveaway Thursday afternoon.
102.7 The Blaze (KBLZ) was at the Fuel Runner gas station on the corner of East Grande Boulevard and New Copeland Road between 3 and 4 p.m. They pumped gas tanks for drivers free of charge.
“This is ridiculous! We have never seen gas prices this high,” said Van resident, Kenneth Walker.
According to Operations Manager David Moreland, they were “expecting a madhouse.” Last month in Longview, they were able to fill 105 tanks in just the one-hour slot.
“This is all about giving back to the community. All about trying to help people out. I mean inflation is going crazy. Gas prices are going crazy. So, we are just trying to do our part,” said DaWayne Blaq, The Blaze Air personality.
Drivers were served on a first-come, first-serve basis, and just being in line did not guarantee free gas.
“We will blow a horn at exactly 3 p.m. and giving out numbers to people in line. At 4 p.m. that horn will sound again and that will end the giveawy, even if you’re still in line. So it can be a bit of luck of the draw.”KBLZ Operations Manager Dave Moreland
On Thursday, both radio stations decided not to turn anyone away. They served about 125 cars that waited in line. Giving out about $10,000 worth of free gas.
Just three weeks ago, the average price was $4.20 in Longview. Here in Tyler, the average price sits at $4.67 a gallon. “ It’s simple. We put on this promotion to help the people. It’s a full tank of gas that can help people get to work for a few days and many people don’t have that these days,” Mega 99.3 air personality, Raoul Laura.
The radio stations say they hope to be able to do this again at another location in the coming weeks.