Loyal listeners of the rock mix on WXPK or The Peak 107.1 FM in “New York’s Backyard” have been mystified by silence the last few days. It’s a little creepy to tune in and just hear nothing, like you’ve tuned into a Ray Bradbury story. Did the station just run out of money or something? No. The power went down because of a snapped pole near the station in White Plains — and it’s keeping the rock from rolling.
The Peak is a local favorite in the densely populated area serving Long Island, Westchester County and Rockland County. The mix reflects a high-end indie college station sensibility that caters to ex-city dwellers who’ve moved to the suburbs. (“Ten years later, we still live here too” is one of The Peak’s taglines.) The station will get its voice back soon enough — though progress reports on the downed lines are scarce. But a few sad casualties of the inconvenient mute button are some of the small businesses that allocated their holiday advertising budgets to the station — and are missing their critical audience during this peak retail time. In the meantime, here’s The Peak YouTube Channel, with less local ads alas.