listen live
Tyler Sams

ON AIR STAFF
Tyler Sams
full schedule

107.7 FM NOW ON THE AIR
Current weather in Hendersonville, NC 30° Dec 16's Weather
Clear
HI: 47 LOW: 26
Your Forecast
WHKP PEAKS HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS MAGAZINE

WHKP PEAKS HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS MAGAZINE

MERRY CHRISTMAS!   

'The 2017 WHKP Peaks Home for the Holidays magazine is now available throught Hendersonville and Henderson county.

This 36 page full color guide brings you all the 2017 Henderson County holiday happenings. Pick up a copy at Broadcast House, Henderson County Travel and Tourism, Main and Allen Streets,The Curb Market on Church street or from any of our 55 advertisers.

The magazines are free!

SHERIFF SAYS DO YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING--SAFELY!

SHERIFF SAYS DO YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING--SAFELY!

HOLIDAY SHOPPING SAFETY TIPS

Sheriff Charles McDonald and the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office reminds the public to keep safety in mind as they complete their holiday shopping. The hustle and bustle of the season provides identity thieves and other criminals a favorable environment with increased opportunities to take advantage of unsuspecting customers.

“Do not be distracted,” said Sheriff McDonald of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office. “Keeping aware of your surroundings is the most important advice we can give to holiday shoppers.”

Shopping Safety:

A single shopper is the best target for theft. Always shop with a friend or relative.
When going shopping, tell someone where you are going and what time to expect you to return. Also, make sure they know what you are wearing, as well as the type of vehicle you are driving.
Shop during daylight hours. If you shop at night, park your vehicle in a well-lit area. Note where your car is parked so that you can walk directly back to your vehicle, without wandering, when you return.
Lock your car doors and keep all purchases and items locked in the trunk.
Dress casually and comfortably and avoid wearing expensive jewelry. Travel light in terms of your personal and financial information. If carrying cash, keep it in your front pocket rather than in a purse or wallet. This makes it much more difficult for a pick-pocket to remove. Also store car keys in a pants or jacket pocket. If your purse is stolen, you will still be able to drive home.
Pay careful attention to your surroundings and avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
Keep purses zipped and snapped closed. Do not leave your purse unattended in your shopping cart.
When returning to your vehicle, check around it and in the back seat. Be aware of strangers approaching you for any reason. Have your car keys in your hand to avoid spending unnecessary time unprotected from the security of your vehicle.
If you feel uneasy returning to your vehicle alone, find a security guard and ask them to walk you to your car.
If shopping with children, make a plan in case you are separated from one another.
Fill out a family safety profile before you shop at www.smart911.com. Photos and information can assist telecommunicators and first responders in the event children wander off or go missing.

Credit Card Fraud:

Keep a close watch on your credit card every time you use it, and make sure you get it back as quickly as possible.
Never write your PIN number on your credit card.
Never leave your credit cards or receipts lying around.
Shield your credit card number so that others around you can’t copy it or capture it on a cell phone camera.
Only carry credit cards that you absolutely need.
Shred anything with your credit card number written on it.
If you’re planning to purchase online, make sure the web page where you enter your credit card information is secure through SSL (Secure Socket Layer). You can tell if the web page is secure by looking for the gold lock or key icon at the bottom corner of your browser window.
If you’re not comfortable submitting your information through the internet, call the seller and give them your information over the telephone. Never send your credit card information via email.
Beware of ‘bargains’ from companies with whom you are unfamiliar. Check the company out. Only do business with companies that provide a physical address and telephone number.
Keep good records. Always print out a copy of any online products or services you purchase.

Gift Card Fraud:

Never buy gift cards from online auction sites. This is a large source of gift card fraud. Many of the gift cards are stolen, counterfeit or used.
Only buy gift cards directly from the store issuing the gift card or from a secure retailer’s website.
Don’t buy gift cards off publicly displayed racks in retail stores. Only purchase gift cards at the sales terminal from the cashier.
Always carefully examine both the front and back of a gift card before you buy it. If you see a PIN number, ask for a different card. If the card looks like it has been tampered with in any way, put it back.
Always ask the store cashier to scan the gift card in front of you. This will guarantee that your card is valid when you buy it and that it reflects the balance you just charged it with.
Always keep your receipt as a proof of purchase as long as there is money stored on the gift card.
If possible, register your gift card at the store’s website.
Never give your Social Security number, date of birth or any other unnecessary private information when purchasing a gift card. No reputable company will ask for this information.

“Paying close attention and taking precautions can help diminish your chances of being victimized,” said Sheriff McDonald. “If you do find yourself falling victim to a crime, your attention to the details surrounding the event will assist our deputies and detectives as they seek out the criminals responsible.”

FREE THANKSGIVING MEALS

FREE THANKSGIVING MEALS

Thanksgiving day saw free meals offered by Hendersonville's Rescue Mission and the Fresh Market. The Rescue Mission opened their doors to the community for anyone who wanted a free meal of turkey and all the 'fixins.  

Additionally, Hendersonville's Fresh Market donated meals to Hendersonville First Responders at station # 1 and #2. 

DOWNTOWN TURKEY TROT DRAWS RECORD CROWD

DOWNTOWN TURKEY TROT DRAWS RECORD CROWD

Hundreds of people converged on downtown Hendersonville for the Annual Turkey Trot...a 5K run as well as walk. 

Entrants heard the start 'gun' at 8:30 AM and proceeded through a marked route on the west side of Hendersonville. All entrants received a T-Shirt, but many entrants also dressed in Thanksgiving themed clothing.

Although a chilly 29 degrees at the start of the event, the temperture did not put a 'chill' on this year's record participation.  

BOARDING YOUR DOG FOR THE HOLIDAYS?  BEWARE---DOG FLU IS BACK!S

BOARDING YOUR DOG FOR THE HOLIDAYS? BEWARE---DOG FLU IS BACK!S

DOG FLU IS BACK!

People with dogs are being warned about a highly contagious canine flu that's surfaced in North Carolina.
The warning comes as pet owners are boarding their animals for the holiday.


Veterinarians are strongly advising people to get their dogs vaccinated against the flu.
An animal rescue organization in Raleigh was forced to shut down because of an outbreak.
Dr. Sandra Strong, Wake County Chief Veterinarian, "It makes sense that area veterinarians would be reminding their clients that if they're traveling, if they're boarding, if their dog's gonna come in contact with a lot of other dogs then they may want to think about getting it."

Canine flu is more likely to affect debilitated dogs rather than the very young, and the very old.
Those that are going to groomers, boarding facilities and day camps should be vaccinated.

TIMES-NEWS STORY ON RUSH LIMBAUGH BOYCOTT

TIMES-NEWS STORY ON RUSH LIMBAUGH BOYCOTT

SO FAR, NO BOYCOTTS:  LISTENERS, SPONSORS, ADVERTISERS HAPPY WITH RUSH ON WHKP   

 Rush4

ARTICLE BY DEREK LACEY...HENDERSONVILLE TIMES-NEWS:

Advertisers on Hendersonville radio station WHKP are the target of a boycott from a local citizens’ group that is asking those businesses to withdraw their ads from the Rush Limbaugh Show. The group says the radio host has coarsened American political discourse and mainstreamed racism, sexism and homophobia.

A letter, sent by the group Citizens for Responsible Radio to area business that advertise during the Rush Limbaugh Show on WHKP, which runs from noon to 3 p.m. on weekdays, says “As principled conservatives and liberals, Democrats, Republicans and independents, we have a moral duty to condemn this dangerous, divisive rhetoric.”

The unsigned letter does not include any names and lists only a Post Office box for an address.

WHKP President and General Manager Art Cooley says the only reaction the station has received from businesses and listeners has been positive. He added that none of the roughly 50 advertisers with ads that air during the show have made any changes to their relationship with WHKP.

The letter, he said, wasn’t mailed to the station, but to advertisers, including some who don’t advertise with the station at all.

Citizens for Responsible Radio does not have a Facebook page or website, and a web search did not yield any results.

In an editorial, Cooley says “WHKP is being attacked for freedom of listening choice. This is wrong. This violates the very fabric of our Constitution, which obviously includes freedom of speech.”

The radio station began carrying Limbaugh’s show after hearing about the broadcaster at a state broadcast convention 30 years ago, Cooley said. Limbaugh was described then as a politically conservative radio voice making a name for himself in talking national politics.

“We signed up to carry his daily three-hour radio show and his ratings literally went through the roof here in Hendersonville,” Cooley’s editorial says, adding that Limbaugh has become the most-listened-to voice in American talk radio with 25 million listeners a week. The show is also one of WHKP’s most listened to.

The letter says the group will vow to not patronize any businesses that continue to finance Limbaugh through advertising dollars. Limbaugh’s “angry tirades” have incited followers to bully and abuse his targeted populations, the letter says. It asks businesses to respond by returning an included self-addressed postcard.

In the letter, the group also says it will communicate to “neighbors, friends, relatives and all who will listen,” including on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter.

“The statement will be simple: This company finances the Rush Limbaugh Show on WHKP,” the letter continues. “The demographics of Hendersonville are changing. It is time WHKP and its sponsors consider compassionate, productive programming that acknowledges a diverse community, one more interested in finding responsible solutions to difficult problems than the misinformation heard daily on the Rush Limbaugh Show.”

Statements by Limbaugh listed on the letter include comments the radio host made mocking Michael J. Fox by saying the actor exaggerated the effects of his Parkinson’s Disease in a commercial, in saying that no “official data” shows a dangerously warming climate, and that “Climate change is one of the biggest scams ever perpetrated on the people of the world.”

“Unfortunately, our First Amendment free speech guarantees allow deception, misinformation, and outright lies to be broadcast on our airwaves,” the letter concludes. “Companies who provide financial support through their advertising budget are complicit in spreading these lies. They are catering to a dying demographic. It is time to demand sane, sensible, positive programming at WHKP. Boycott these companies now.”

This is the first boycott the station has experienced, Cooley said, and so far it’s having no effect. He said the only feedback the station has received has been from listeners wanting the station to continue broadcasting Limbaugh’s show.

Over the years, he added, the station has conducted listener surveys, which have also given positive feedback about the show.

His editorial concludes, “We will never be bullied by the cowardly unidentified enemies of conservatism. WHKP stands by our listeners — our sponsors — and we stand by Rush Limbaugh.”

NEW PHONE SCAM TARGETS HENDERSONVILLE/AREA DUKE ENERGY CUSTOMERS

NEW PHONE SCAM TARGETS HENDERSONVILLE/AREA DUKE ENERGY CUSTOMERS

SHERIFF SAYS IT'S ONLY A SCAM   

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office wishes to notify the community of a phone scam circulating in the area. Residents and businesses have been receiving calls appearing to be from Duke Energy in which a scammer threatens electrical cut-off within the hour if payment is not made.

When voice messages are left, potential victims are asked to call a number that has a similar phone directory message to that of Duke Energy’s actual customer service number. In a manner typical of recent phone scams, the scammers are demanding payment in the form of pre-paid cards. Sheriff Charles McDonald reminds the public to never give out personal information over the phone.

“A red flag should go up any time payment is requested through the purchase of ‘green dot’ cards, gift cards or any other type of prepaid cards,” said McDonald.

The Sheriff advises that if there is ever a question concerning overdue bills or fees, for citizens to hang up and call the company or organization directly. If you have been a victim of a scam, contact the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 697-4911.

HENDERSONVILLE POST OFFICE HEADED TO THE BLUE RIDGE MALL BY NEXT SPRING

HENDERSONVILLE POST OFFICE HEADED TO THE BLUE RIDGE MALL BY NEXT SPRING

TO THE SPACE IN THE MALL CURRENTLY OCCUPIED BY SEARS   

WHKP News reported about one year ago that the Sears location in the Blue Ridge Mall was being considered as a new location for the Hendersonville Post Office. The current Post Office property had been sold to the First Baptist Church for about a million dollars, probably for a new parking lot...and the US Postal Service has been looking for a smaller, but strategically located spot for the Post Office to move to.

Postal Service officials have confirmed the USPS has secured a ten year lease on the 7000 square foot Sears location in the Mall.

Sears employees have been told they’ll find out soon where Sears will be moving to, and it’s reported their new location will be in the space in the Blue Ridge Mall formerly occupied by the Pardee Signature Care Center.

It was first reported that the Post Office would be moving about a year ago, but the move was apparently delayed while a new location was being sought.

The actual move to the Mall won’t take place until 2018 and by next spring..

TDA'S "WELCOME CENTER" NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

TDA'S "WELCOME CENTER" NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED YEAR ROUND   

Hendersonville Visitor Center Is Seeking Volunteers

visitor center 1991

If you know and love Henderson County, the perfect volunteer opportunity awaits you at the Visitor Center located in Downtown Hendersonville. This is a chance for you to share your knowledge of Western North Carolina, while also learning more through ongoing training programs and educational tours.

The Hendersonville Visitor Center is recruiting volunteers to assist travelers upon their arrival to Henderson County. The Visitor Center is open seven days a week to assist visitors by answering questions, giving maps & directions, assisting with hotel reservations and offering travel, dining and entertainment information. The Center is stocked with Hendersonville Vacation Planners, maps, and area brochures.

Volunteers are needed year-round, the Visitor Center is open 7 days weeks, closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Volunteers are also needed during Special Events to fill key positions at Garden Jubilee, Music on Main Street, Monday Night Live! and the Street Dances. Volunteers provide assistance with operations of the events, and offer hospitality to the vendors and festivalgoers.

Applicants should possess good communication skills, knowledge of Henderson County & Western North Carolina, and an eagerness to interact with the public. Volunteers work a four-hour shift each week, from 9am-1pm and 1pm-5pm.

Volunteer opportunities include area familiarization tours, meaningful friendships, occasional complimentary tickets to area attractions, and volunteer parties.

Please consider becoming an ambassador for our community by volunteering your time at the Visitor Center. Stop by and pick-up an application at 201 South Main Street in Downtown Hendersonville or download an application at www.visithendersonvillenc.org/visitors-information-center-volunteer-program. The Center is open Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm, Saturday, Sunday & Holidays from 10:00am-5:00pm. For additional information call (828) 693-9708.

EAST FLAT ROCK COMMUNITY PLAN NOW READY FOR COMMISSIONER'S APPROVAL

EAST FLAT ROCK COMMUNITY PLAN NOW READY FOR COMMISSIONER'S APPROVAL

IT TOOK WELL OVER A YEAR TO COMPLETE, BUT THE SMALL AREA PLAN FOR THE EAST FLAT ROCK COMMUNITY IS NOW OIN ITS WAY TO THE FULL BOARD OIF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND LIKELY APPROVAL  

Court1

The community planning group responsible for the East Flat Rock Community Plan submitted its draft to the Planning Board recently, which voted to forward it on to the county Board of Commissioners for final approval.

Since September, county staff has been conducting more outreach in the community, Mitchell said, and have updated the plan’s history section after receiving more feedback.

The more than 50-page plan, if approved, will serve in an advisory role to the Board of Commissioners, recommending specific planning policies and action strategies for each element based on input from the public, county staff and relevant experts.

Those elements include natural and cultural resources, agriculture, housing, community facilities and public services, transportation, economic development, land use and development and community character and design.

The draft plan is available on the county’s website, included with the planning board’s Nov. 16 agenda at www.hendersoncountync.org/planning/pb/11-16-17PlBd.htm.