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Henderson Radio Station Strives To Get Back On Air As Listeners Stand By

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HENDERSON, N.C. — When the snowflakes in Henderson turned to ice and the lights went out last Wednesday, Peggy Clark clung to her battery-powered radio.

But her favorite Christian radio station, WYFL, was gone - and still is.

The station has been unable to broadcast since last week's ice storm knocked out electricity to more than one million people across the state and brought down countless trees and power lines.

"Nothing," Clark said Thursday, tuning in static.

"I keep all of my radios on WYFL," she said. "I just feel like I am missing a part of my life, the other half of me, right now."

Station manager Bryant Nelson wants Clark and all the station's loyal listeners to hang in there. He's working diligently to get back on the air.

"People just want to know: 'Hey, WYFL, where are you?'" Nelson said. "Ha ha. We're here."

Nelson has spent a lot of time in the past week answering e-mails and phone calls. He explains to listeners how the trees fell on power lines at the transmitter tower near Alert, in Franklin County.

"But most of the people in that area have power," he said Thursday.

"I talked to a crew out there working. They said, hopefully, it will be sometime today, maybe tonight. But we'll get you back on the air."

The station's Christian music and Bible-teaching programs are listener-supported. That support seems threatened if listeners can't listen.

Of course, said Nelson, like every other Christian non-profit organization, "December is our biggest month for receiving gifts from our people."

Eight precious days in December have been lost. But Nelson said he expects to bounce back, with a little help.

"Pray for us," he said.

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