Arson blamed in NC station fire


Arson is being blamed for the Friday fire that destroyed a Morganton, NC radio station WCIS-AM (2/4/08 RBR #23).

John Whisnant Jr., a three-time winner of Southern Gospel DJ of the Year award, tells The Charlotte Observer investigators told him the fire was possibly set to cover up a burglary at the station. A charred foundation and two walls are all that remain at the site, which was insured, he says.

"The building was ransacked, with drawers pulled out of file cabinets and desks," says Whisnant. "Whoever did it was looking for cash. When they didn’t find what they were looking for, they torched the place. It’s heartbreaking. Fifteen years of work up in flames."