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"A Beacon in the Night"

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Mss-0328

Scope and Contents

The collection contains one folder with an audiocassette tape (and CD-ROM copy) of various outtakes from WHTK's broadcasts during the period immediately after Hurricane Hugo struck the South Carolina coast in September, 1989. There is also a transcript of the tape and a letter describing the tape and transcript from announcer/producer Kirk Taylor to Liz Newell of the Clemson University Alumni Association.


  • 1989 - 1989


Historical Note

Hurricane Hugo struck the coast of South Carolina on September 21-22, 1989. It came ashore as a Category 4 storm (on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, winds 131 to 155 miles per hour). The hurricane blew in to the Charleston, South Carolina area with winds of 138 miles per hour and a 20 foot storm surge on top of astronomically high tides. It caused significant damage to cities in South Carolina; in particular, Charleston, Sullivan's Island, Folly Beach, the Isle of Palms, McClellanville, and Awendaw. It also destroyed a major portion of the Francis Marion National Forest. Hugo claimed 27 lives in South Carolina and was responsible for about $7 billion (USD, 1989) worth of damage in the United States. With power knocked out to most of the area, local radio and television stations were forced off the air. One station that was able to remain on-air was WHTK based in Hilton Head, South Carolina. This station provided valuable information and became a "Beacon in the Night" for those in the affected area.


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Immediate Source of Acquisiton

Donated by Kirk Taylor in 1991.

Processing Information

Processed by Blair Hinson in 2009.


"A Beacon in the Night"
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Repository Details

Part of the Clemson University Libraries Special Collections and Archives Repository

230 Kappa St.
Clemson SC 29634 U.S.A. US