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America's rural radio stations are vanishing – and taking the country's soul with them

• https://www.theguardian.com by Debbie Weingarten

When I arrive at the radio station, Mark Lucke is standing in the doorway, looking out at the spitting, winter rain. He's slim and stoic, with sad, almost haunted, eyes. The first thing he asks is if I'd like to see "the dungeon". Who wouldn't?

Lucke pulls on a Steeler's jacket and a baseball cap over brown hair that falls halfway down his back, and leads me across the five-acre yard. Out here, 90 miles east of Tucson, the desert is a long sweep of brush the color of beach sand. Lucke seems to slip through the rainy day like a ghost.

The radio station, whose call letters are KHIL, has long been the daily soundtrack for this frontier town (population 3,500) that prides itself on its cowboy culture and quiet pace of life. But six decades after the founding of the station, the property is in foreclosure, with utility disconnect notices coming nearly every month.

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Thanks for reporting and keeping the story out there.

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Thank you for reposting The Guardian article which is about my family that lives in the station in Willcox Az. I was trying to correct my other message but accidentally sent it before completion. I post daily on my Facebook Mercedez Lucke-Benedict. I am seeking help for my family. The temperatures are rising. The AC is still not on. We finally do have AZ press coming this week. As of now as l have just seen your article Me. ROBERT LEE. Yours is the first l have seen. The world has been talking so much but not here in our state. Thank you for posting. It means so very much. We must get more coverage. Nothing has changed . The town of Willcox is not covering their own story. Bless you with all that is best for you..for helping. Mercedez mother of Tristan Lucke and dedicated to help them through this PR spokesperson for willcoxradio.com and Lonesome Willcox the documentary

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Thank you for reposting The Guardian article which is about my family that lives in the station in Willcox Az. I was trying to correct my other message but accidentally sent it before completion. I post daily on my Facebook Mercedez Lucke-Benedict. I am seeking help for my family. The temperatures are rising. The AC is still not on. We finally do have AZ press coming this week. As of now as l have just seen your article Me. ROBERT LEE. Yours is the first l have seen. The world has been talking so much but not here in our state. Thank you for posting. It means so very much. We must get more coverage. Nothing has changed . The town of Willcox is not covering their own story. Bless you with all that is best for you..for helping. Mercedez mother of Tristan Lucke and dedicated to help them through this PR spokesperson for willcoxradio.com and Lonesome Willcox the documentary

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Thank you for reporting about my family in this radio station. There is still no AC. Today phone and internet turned off without notice to Mark or other stations that broadcast from there. We need more press coverage. There is do much going on there.


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