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.
â€œThe listeners have been calling,â€ said Biggerstaff.
Some fans have sent him a get well card for each of the 13 weeks heâ€™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.
â€œThere were a couple of times where it didnâ€™t look like Iâ€™d survive, let alone come back to work,â€ said Biggerstaff.
His health problems stemmed from juvenile diabetes, which were cured with the pancreas transplant.
â€œI got a good, clean bill of health,â€ 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.
â€œThose people have been very good to me,â€ he said. â€œThey handle my medicine, which is an overwhelming burden.â€
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.
â€œI hope all the folks who have been so persistent about calling and inquiring about me will come and see for themselves how well Iâ€™m doing,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™d love to see people and sort of ease their minds.â€
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 â€œitâ€™s good food for next to nothing.â€ He supports Homeplace because it in turn supports community athletics.
â€œI like to go back and put my money back in and show weâ€™re aware of how much support he lends the kids,â€ said Biggerstaff.
After the benefit, Biggerstaff will only have one week left before returning to the microphone.
â€œI do miss my job a great deal,â€ he said.
He stumbled into the work, but heâ€™s been on the radio for nearly 25 years.
â€œIt was something that I wanted to try and see if I had any appeal to it, or if Iâ€™m any good at it,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™m not sure if Iâ€™m good at it, or if people just got used to me.â€
Biggerstaff will return to the WLON airwaves April 18 at 6 a.m. WLONâ€™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