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Disc jockey back on air

Since leaving his job as a WLON radio disc jockey due to health problems, Tim Biggerstaff has received an onslaught of concerned calls and get well cards.
“The listeners have been calling,” said Biggerstaff.
Some fans have sent him a get well card for each of the 13 weeks he’s been out.
After all the well wishing, a pancreas transplant and a gall bladder removal, Biggerstaff is set to return to the airwaves April 18.
“There were a couple of times where it didn’t look like I’d survive, let alone come back to work,” said Biggerstaff.
His health problems stemmed from juvenile diabetes, which were cured with the pancreas transplant.
“I got a good, clean bill of health,” said Biggerstaff.
His wallet, however, is still struggling with the medical bills he racked up while sick.
WLON radio station in Lincolnton is coming to his aid with a benefit fund-raiser for the morning show announcer.
The event will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of The Drug Store in the Town and Country Shopping Center in Lincolnton.
Biggerstaff feels the location is appropriate.
“Those people have been very good to me,” he said. “They handle my medicine, which is an overwhelming burden.”
He will be on site in The Drug Store parking lot to prove to fans his good health. The event will be broadcast live on WLON.
“I hope all the folks who have been so persistent about calling and inquiring about me will come and see for themselves how well I’m doing,” he said. “I’d love to see people and sort of ease their minds.”
Besides seeing Biggerstaff strong and healthy, participants in the benefit will enjoy a bake sale, barbecue sandwiches from Homeplace Restaurant and hot dogs from City Lunch.
Biggerstaff has been patronizing both establishments for years. He enjoys City Lunch because “it’s good food for next to nothing.” He supports Homeplace because it in turn supports community athletics.
“I like to go back and put my money back in and show we’re aware of how much support he lends the kids,” said Biggerstaff.
After the benefit, Biggerstaff will only have one week left before returning to the microphone.
“I do miss my job a great deal,” he said.
He stumbled into the work, but he’s been on the radio for nearly 25 years.
“It was something that I wanted to try and see if I had any appeal to it, or if I’m any good at it,” he said. “I’m not sure if I’m good at it, or if people just got used to me.”
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Biggerstaff will return to the WLON airwaves April 18 at 6 a.m. WLON’s benefit for Biggerstaff will be held this Saturday in The Drug Store parking lot in Lincolnton from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

by Sarah Grano

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