Radio redemption

photo Staff Photo by Angela Lewis/Chattanooga Times Free Press - Mark Davis takes calls Friday morning during the Healing Touch radio studio at City Church.

It's 11:59 p.m. and Mark Davis settles into a seat in the basement room of a church on Lee Highway, pulls a microphone to his mouth, straps on earphones and signals to a man a few feet away to fire up the phone lines.

Rhonda, a retired woman who visits the small studio most weeknights to pray for Davis and his radio show, closes her eyes. Keyboard music swells in the background.

It's midnight.

Davis' voice is a sleepy calm as he welcomes his listeners to "Healing Touch," which is being broadcast via satellite on Sirius XM's channel for Christian talk.