Maryland: Fire Destroys Radio Harper

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By Bryan Dioh

A fire incident on Friday destroyed Radio Harper, a community radio station in Harper, Maryland County.

According to the David GK Wallace, one of the staffers who on duty before the fire incident, he had gone for a shower at his resident and left the radio on, but later received a call that the station was off-air.

“When I went back to the station, I noticed that the entire studio A and B including the Conference room were all filled with smoke.

“Upon going in to see what was happening, I noticed that all of the station’s equipment had burned down to ashes and nothing was seeing in the building again,” Wallace said.

Meanwhile the Station Officer in Charge, Prince Bedell expressed regret over the situation while mentioning that there is no means of getting the station back on.

He indicated that for too long the station has struggled to be back on air after it was shut down for several years due to the lack of proper Management and Support.

“I m sad today because this situation is worse than anything that has ever happen before.”

“I can not say much but I hope Humanitarian and some media Partners can help us,” Prince Bedell lamented.

The situation at the station has created serious set back for many residents of Harper District and its environs as they mostly enjoy listening to their Community Radio instead of private.

Many residents have however expressed dissatisfaction over the situation while Calling for Humanitarian assistance to get the station back on the air.

Radio Harper is the first Media Institutions that was ever established in Maryland County in 2004 by Mercy Crops to adequately help dissimilate information to the Public.

The cause of the fire is yet to be discovered as some Staffers claim it might have resulted from Connections made by LEC.