Stoke FM founder Scott Duke is stepping down as the station’s director and is passing the microphone to newcomer Mike Murphy.
“As of October 1… Mike will be taking over management and operations of the community station from current director Scott Duke,” the station said in a statement released on Monday, August 17.
Duke was not available for comment but Stoke FM administrator Joanne Gawler told The Current that his election to City Council has pretty well eaten up his time.
“To be honest, Scott’s busy schedule has lead him to find the ‘perfect match’ to pass the microphone,” she said.
After three and a half years running the station Duke said in the statement that he is happy to hand over responsibility for it to Murphy.
“I am more than excited to see Mike stepping forward to ensure Revelstoke continues to have a community station, providing good tunes on our local airwaves,” he said. “He is energetic, passionate and full of great ideas to improve Stoke FM into the future”
Murphy is a native of Brampton, Ontario, where he completed the Humber College radio broadcasting program. The statement said he was attracted to Revelstoke by our lifestyle and setting. He is currently the morning show DJ, and “when you aren’t hearing him on air, you may run into him at our local Southside Grocery Store working in the produce department,” the statement said.”
“I want to thank Scott and everyone at Stoke FM who have helped me acclimatize to the role, and to Revelstoke for its continued support for the station,” Murphy said in the statement.
“During the changing of the guard, the Stoke FM team would also like to thank our past team members Annie Hewitt and Sarah Peterson, as without their dedication and efforts over the last few years; Stoke FM would not be where it is today,” the statement said. “Thank you also to all our partners in the community whose ongoing support is what keeps us on the air.”